Friday, February 08, 2008

 

Sharia In Britain

Is submission unavoidable?

Is the imposition of sharia law in Britain unavoidable? The Archbishop of Canterbury thinks so:
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 some aspects of Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion…

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

He stresses that “nobody in their right mind would want to see in this country the kind of inhumanity that’s sometimes been associated with the practice of the law in some Islamic states; states; the extreme punishments, the attitudes to women as well”…

“We don’t either want a situation where, because there’s no way of legally monitoring what communities do… people do what they like in private in such a way that that becomes another way of intensifying oppression inside a community.”
Via Allahpundit who observes that stories like this are "so common and dispiriting that I don’t know what to say about it anymore." I know how he feels.

Douglas Murray calls for the resignation of the Archbishop:
The effort to provide men and women with equal rights before the law is one of the greatest achievements of the human species. In sharia - even the 'early' parts of sharia where people don't have hands cut off or get flogged or beheaded - the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man. In calling for the institution of Islamic sharia, the Archbishop of Canterbury has just trampled on the worth, equality and dignity of women in Britain who were born Muslim. This is not liberalism. It is discrimination. There is no more damage that Rowan Williams can do. He must resign.
Noting that his book America Alone has been alarmist by some, Mark Steyn wonders:
So I'd be interested to know from The Economist et al, just what would alarm you? Or, to put it another way, it's clear Canada, Britain and much of Europe have boarded the Sharia Train. What makes you think it's a stopping service that'll allow you to disembark at a station halfway down the track, rather than an express service to an inevitable destination?
As Islam means submission, the answer should be obvious.

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