Thursday, July 10, 2008

British Judge OK's Sharia Law Use in Britan

I usually don't post about things overseas, but I think cases like this set precidents (in the minds of our Supreme Court justices). I think we need to be aware of these things. This story is from OneNewsNow.

Lord Chief Justice Nicholas Phillips' endorsement has already created a huge controversy across Britain. In a speech at an East London mosque, he said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance. Phillip's recommendations came just five months after Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams suggested that Islamic law could govern marital law, financial transactions, and arbitration in disputes.

Robert Spencer, director of
Jihad Watch, says the problem with Sharia law is that there is always more Sharia to accommodate. "Once they get into the idea that Sharia is legitimate in terms of family law, then it's going to be hard to draw a line because family law in Sharia and Islamic law infringes upon many other things," he continues.

According to Spencer, Sharia law allows women to be treated like commodities. "Apparently that is just fine by the Chief Justice of Great Britain," he comments. "He doesn't seem to realize just how much women are devalued in Islamic Sharia law -- even the ostensibly benign version of Sharia law that he thinks he would be instituting," Spencer notes. "[O]bviously this is a man who doesn't know what Sharia is really all about."


Anonymous said...

There was an article in the Daily Mail that a survey conducted among UK Muslims proved that more than 60% rejected and were offended by suggestions that Sharia be incorporated alongside UK law, even slightly. They also confirmed that Sharia law states that when Muslims go to live in non Muslim countries they are obliged to accept the laws of those countries.

They also felt it presented a clear threat to equality, and was condescending for the ABoC and a British Judge to suggest such a thing.

Applied Christianity said...

Thank you for the aditional information. I think the danger is off-the-wall judges, not law-abiding Muslims.