Religious law for the religious?
If any of you haven't read about the legal system in Malaysia:
Short summary: Malaysia basically has two legal systems: A secular one (which is very much like that found elsewhere), and Sharia law, which only applies to Muslims.
There are a few things I take issue with (namely the difficulty of leaving religion all-together, and the cases where the two are in conflict, like custody issues between faiths), but aside from those, it's a very interesting system, and I wonder if it doesn't have some value.
What if religious people were actually required to abide by what they preach or face scriptural/traditional punishment? The non-religious would be completely exempt (behoven only to secular law), and it would vary by denomination to an extent, but it would be incredibly refreshing in some ways- from my perspective, anyway.
It might make people consider a bit more carefully what they profess to believe before doing so; or reconsider after they realize how tyrannical their beliefs are.
What are your thoughts? Would this be good, bad, or would it not make any difference at all? Why?