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Sharia a turnoff to outsiders? No kidding.

To the editor: Responding to concerns that the strict enforcement of religious law is keeping away investors, the top official in West Aceh, Indonesia, says the implementation of sharia there is misunderstood by outsiders. ("Since tsunami, life in Indonesia's Aceh province shaped by Islamic law," Dec. 27)

What's to misunderstand? Head scarves for women? Canings? Red spray paint on women's' clothing deemed too tight? Seclusion codes? All this in the name of making people "understand how to live a good life, to do good things"?

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Really.

Diana Wolff, Rancho Palos Verdes

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