Comments: A bill to curb Sharia law in the UK

Andrew Brown - 'British secular law must take precedence over religious dictates'.

What a good idea. Perhaps we could now have the abolition of the exemptions granted to religious bodies from Human Rights and Equalities legislation.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 11:17am BST

Treating people equally doesn't mean treating all people the same.

As with the burqa debate in France and Belgium, this discourse seems to be dominated by concerned non-Muslims presuming to speak on behalf of Muslim women. I'd be more interested to hear what Muslim women who use so-called "Shari'a tribunals" think about them, but the media seems to be no more interested in them than are the swivel-eyed Christian and atheist ideologues.

Posted by RJB at Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 2:22am BST

Treating people euqally doesn't meant treating all people the same--but it does mean treating people the same if they are, in relevant respects, the same. When it comes to the kind of "family law" issues shari'a courts were supposed to handle--inheritance, child custody, divorce--Muslim women are the same as any other women. As far as asking them goes, when shari'a courts were proposed in Canada a couple of years ago it was Muslim women that blocked the program. Please show me some Muslim women who believe that their testimony should be worth half of a man's testimony or that their husbands should have a right to divorce them no questions asked just by reciting the appropriate formula three times.

Posted by H. E. Baber at Wednesday, 15 June 2011 at 8:37pm BST
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