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Sharia law in the UK

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That’s what the well titled Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, thinks is inevitable in the United Kingdom 1.

Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’

The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

He says Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.

There have been some interesting responses to his comments, including a good deal of criticism.

Now, the Archibishop’s suggestion begs the question, why stop only with Sharia Laws? What about followers of other religions who “do not relate to the British legal system”? But wait, the UK already has religious courts. The Jewish Beth Din courts work alongside the UK judicial system in an entirely voluntary manner, and only deals with civil disputes.

But what about other religions? In 2001, a whole 0.7 percent of the British population identified their religion as Jedi 2. Why not allow the Jedi Code to act as an alternate set of laws?

Anyway, to quote the anonymous Mohammed Jones, “Islamic human rights are real – and so is Sayed Pervez Kambaksh.”


As is Fawza Falih.

[1] – Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’ (BBC News)
[2] – 2001 UK Census


Written by parseval

February 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Posted in politics, religion

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  1. Well… touche!

    In the same light, uniform civil code in India makes so much sense!
    Also, I don’t see why one should attach so much value comments by religious leaders for whom all this makes absolutely no significant difference to their way of life.
    You might want to see this: http://kaisare.org/blog/?p=74

    Santhosh Suresh

    February 11, 2008 at 11:39 am

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