Sharia law comes to Britain

We’re seeing it in Greeley, Colorado, in Minnesota, and other places around America: The quiet jihad, that gradually introduces Sharia law and forces concessions from the society in which Muslims have chosen to live.  Now comes a report from Abul Taher in the Times of Britain,

Islamic law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.

The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court.

Previously, the rulings of sharia courts in Britain could not be enforced, and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims.

Nobody in government made a decision to set up Sharia courts. Muslims figured out how to use British law to accomplish their aim.  There already exist parallel courts for domestic law under something called the Arbitration Act.

Jewish Beth Din courts operate under the same provision in the Arbitration Act and resolve civil cases, ranging from divorce to business disputes. They have existed in Britain for more than 100 years, and previously operated under a precursor to the act.

So the Muslims took advantage of the law to set up their own Sharia courts, which have been ruling on some cases for a year. They have dealt with divorce, inheritance and domestic violence. Here’s what has happened:

Siddiqi said that in a recent inheritance dispute handled by the court in Nuneaton, the estate of a Midlands man was divided between three daughters and two sons.

The judges on the panel gave the sons twice as much as the daughters, in accordance with sharia. Had the family gone to a normal British court, the daughters would have got equal amounts.

In the six cases of domestic violence, Siddiqi said the judges ordered the husbands to take anger management classes and mentoring from community elders. There was no further punishment.

Funny that Sharia’s valuing of women as less than men doesn’t seem to bother the politically correct class. In the contradiction between Islam and feminism, Islam wins.

The Muslims who have set up these courts said that if the Jewish courts are allowed to exist, so must the Sharia courts. The British have no defense against this claim, since they are so “fair” that they cannot discriminate between Jews who wish to practice their religious in private, posing no threat to the larger society, and Muslims who wish to impose their religion and their legal system on the entire country, many of whom have been quite open about their goal.

It doesn’t help that high officials have been supportive of instituting Sharia courts:

The disclosure that Muslim courts have legal powers in Britain comes seven months after Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was pilloried for suggesting that the establishment of sharia in the future “seems unavoidable” in Britain.

In July, the head of the judiciary, the lord chief justice, Lord Phillips, further stoked controversy when he said that sharia could be used to settle marital and financial disputes.

There are some great comments from readers, including one from a Dutchman who says in his country fundamentalist Muslims are losing ground because the Dutch are fed up with them.

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