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Friday, July 04, 2008

Sharia law in England?

Once again the debate over whether Sharia law could, or should, be introduced into the UK is ignited. Previously the Archbishop of Canterbury put his head above the parapet. He got slings and arrows for his pains! Now the Lord Chief Justice has fared slightly better. He has at least been listened to.

Basically all Sharia law is is a set of principles which govern the way many Muslims believe they should live their life. Not all Muslims by any stretch, but a goodly number. My view is that it is perfectly OK for this if it is wanted. After all, the Church of England has its own set of laws encoded into synodical law or canon. I can't see that a Muslim counterpart would be any different.

Now, before the Sun hacks start debasing the noble and learned gentleman, we should understand what exactly Lord Phillips is saying. He says there is no reason Sharia law's principles could not be used in mediation. However, he emphasises this would still be subject to the "jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts". So no supremacy in any way.

Severe physical punishments such as flogging, stoning and the cutting off of hands would not be acceptable, he said. He added, "There can be no question of such courts sitting in this country, or such sanctions being applied here. So far as the law is concerned, those who live in this country are governed by English and Welsh law and subject to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts." Very clear indeed, I'd say.

If we did allow Muslims this legal nicety, I for one think it would offer Muslims a way of feeling part of the legal process without their beliefs being compromised. But more importantly, it would deny the likes of Abu Hamsa, that strange version of Captain Hook, any reason to attack this country for its view of Islam. We should be happy to embrace our Islamic citizens and be able to denounce the virulent ramblings of such manic street preachers.


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