Malaysian Women Caned for Adultery

Three women and four men were caned in Malaysia for having sex out of wedlock, say the Wall Street Journal. But it's OK, because the home minister has a great justification for the ridiculous punishment.

Hishammuddin Hussein said, at a press conference, that "the punishment is to teach and give a chance to those who have fallen off the path to return and build a better life in the future." He added that the offenders were "advised on ways to repent and to get closer to Allah."

A Sharia court also sentenced 32-year-old lady Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to be caned for drinking beer in a hotel bar. Her punishment is still pending. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he "won't let Malaysia drift toward becoming an Islamist state." Dude. Too late.