Teenage sweethearts were brutally caned in front of a baying crowd because they were caught cuddling.
Cheering locals took photos on their phones as the punishment was carried out in a public square in Banda Aceh in Indonesia.
Just in case you were thinking the public doesn't approve.
The unidentified girl, 19, was dressed with her hair covered with a white hijab and kept her head down as she was led to the platform.
Her boyfriend – who was also not identified – was then brought in front of the crowd wearing a white robe, known as a jubba.
He appeared to wince in pain as he was struck by a man whose face was covered with a mask.
Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia where local sharia courts are allowed to mete out justice.
Well, so much for the religion of peace.
I'll admit, some people go a little far with their public affection. I'd wager most of you have seen that couple who were one arm-rest short of dry-humping each other at the movie theater. Though, I don't know of anyone in the U-S-of-A who wants to chain them to a post and flog them with a firehose.
This is why separating church and state is generally a good idea. Otherwise, the po-po might have sent Elvis to gas chamber for the crime of gyrating his hips. Luckily for The King, his worst punishment was a sackful of strongly-worded letters.
Islam is a progressive religion all right.
. This Indonesian incident certainly proves it. Any religion hellbent on doing bodily harm to consenting cuddlers could use a reboot, a-s-a-f-p.