The Archbishop of Canterbury has today said that the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in the UK is "unavoidable" and that it would help maintain social cohesion.They â€?donâ€™t relate to the British legal systemâ€?—that's a delicate way to put it! But, not to worry, the Archbishop thinks it's going to work fine !
Rowan Williams told BBC 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.
(Williams) says that Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court. He added Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty". Dr Williams said there was a place for finding a "constructive accommodation" in areas such as marriage - allowing Muslim women to avoid Western divorce proceedings.
Dr Williams said: "It seems unavoidable and, as a matter of fact, certain conditions of Sharia are already recognised in our society and under our law, so it is not as if we are bringing in an alien and rival system.So Williams thinks Sharia law is not "an alien and rival system" to British Common Law? Of course, Williams thinks Sharia is misunderstood:
....the Archbishop defended his position saying people people needed to look at Islamic law "with a clear eye." "They should not imagine, either, that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with ... Saudi Arabia, or whatever," he continued. "Nobody in their (sic) right mind would want to see in this country the kind of inhumanity that has sometimes been associated with the practice of the law in some Islamic states: the extreme punishments, the attitudes to women." There were questions about how it interacted with human rights, he said."Questions about how it interacted with human rights"? The Archbishop of Canterbury displays the same kind of muddled thinking as that of other Western leaders (including our own). With leadership like this, is it any wonder contemporary Britain is going down the tubes ?