Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Archbishop Supports Sharia Law

Last week the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said that the UK should allow Muslims to live according to Sharia law rather than Britain's legal system.

The Archbishop argued on a radio program that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law:
-would "help maintain social cohesion"
-Muslims could, for instance, choose to have marital disputes dealt with in a Sharia court
-that Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty and state loyalty"

He said that “An approach to law which simply says, there’s one law for everybody – I think that’s a bit of a danger.”

How? May I ask, When you’re in the UK? Okay, under Hitler, under Saddam Hussein, et al...but in the UK?

He's not the first to call for a mix of legal and social ‘alternatives’ for Muslims. Last year Australian police were told that they were to defer to Muslim clerics in matters of domestic violence in Muslim homes. Domestic violence against women is considered part of their culture. In other words, allowed. (Not to mention honor killings)?

According to the BBC, a UK government minister called the idea of mixing a Sharia legal system with the English system "unacceptable".

Such a mixed system is at work in countries such as Nigeria, Indonesia, and Egypt. But how successful are they? Well, if you consider allowing domestic violence successful, or as in Nigeria a few years ago when 12 Muslim northern states adopted Sharia punishments into their penal code - including amputation for theft and death for adultery or sodomy, successful. The Sharia police, the hisbah, have shut down bars, prevented women from taking taxis with male drivers, censored books they considered critical of Islam.

Last month, the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, said some places in the UK were no-go areas for non-Muslims.

This kind of multicultural-thinking is not only Swirled...but a Can of worms. A can of Big ugly worms.


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