Dr. Rowan Williams, head of communion for England’s Anglican Church, says that it is “unavoidable” that Islamic Sharia law will be adopted in parts of the country and that a “reasonable accommodation” must be made over the issue.
“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,” said Dr Williams.
“There is a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law as we already do with aspects of other kinds of religious law.
“It would be quite wrong to say that we could ever license a system of law for some community which gave people no right of appeal, no way of exercising the rights that are guaranteed to them as citizens in general.
“But there are ways of looking at marital disputes, for example, which provide an alternative to the divorce courts as we understand them. In some cultural and religious settings they would seem more appropriate.”
There are almost as many variants of Sharia law as there are Islamic sects, but a few of the laws in Mohammed’s hit parade include a ban on all intoxicants, pork, tobacco, and pornography. Criminals are subject to amputations of hands or feet. In many places, women are not allowed to hold prominent jobs and are forbidden to work in government.
Homosexuality is punishable by death.
And here’s where we resurrect the Bruce Bawer debate.….