Thursday, February 7, 2008


How do those who worry about theocracy react to this sort of thing?
The Archibishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams thinks the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable". He said 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.
In a democracy, anyone has the right to advocate change in the law, but different laws for different groups is a prescription for the disintegration of a society.

Update: The Prime Minister reacts with good sense:
The Prime Minister rapidly distanced himself from Dr Williams's view. Gordon Brown's spokesman said: "Our general position is that sharia law cannot be used as a justification for committing breaches of English law, nor should the principles of sharia law be included in a civil court for resolving contractual disputes.

"The Prime Minister believes British law should apply in this country, based on British values."
The Belmont Club: Canterbury tales, Brown slaps down Archbishop's call for Islamic sharia law to operate in Britain| News | This is London

1 comment:

  1. Yep, as an Episcopalian, I have to say:

    "What the HECK was he thinking??????"

    Nothing like taking a step back into the Middle Ages.


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