I know this is old news, but still. When I first read about it, my initial reaction was anger at what I saw – and still see – as a travesty. I thought to myself “what the hell is wrong with you Brits?”
Seriously, what is wrong with you Brits? It doesn’t look to me like you’re doing enough.
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.
Here’s what stood out to me.
Under the act, the sharia courts are classified as arbitration tribunals. The rulings of arbitration tribunals are binding in law, provided that both parties in the dispute agree to give it the power to rule on their case.
It’s good to see that the process is voluntary, but I don’t feel comforted nonetheless. Something tells me, many Muslim women will be coerced into giving such an agreement.
… There are concerns that women who agree to go to tribunal courts are getting worse deals because Islamic law favours men.
Gee, ya think so? Oh my!
I don’t see this as a good development, mainly because I suspect too many Muslim women won’t step into these sharia courts voluntarily. Plus, it doesn’t set a good precedence. Who knows, soon you might have other religious groups demanding their own religious courts. I’m sure having different legal systems should be fun.
Yaaay to Britain where multi-culturalism is taken to an extreme sometimes.