Williams just can’t leave sharia alone
BOY, is the bearded weirdie Rowan Williams a glutton for punishment!
A year after the Archbishop of Cant prompted howls of outrage by suggesting that it “seems inevitable” that some parts of Islamic law would be enshrined in this country’s legal code, he has bounced back claiming that “a number of fairly senior people” now take the same view.
And once again, he has been slapped down by people who have a far better grip on reality.
According to this report, Williams insists that there is a “drift of understanding” towards what he was saying, and that the public sees the difference between letting Muslim courts decide divorces and wills, and allowing them to rule on criminal cases and impose harsh punishments.
However critics insist that family disputes must be dealt with by civil law rather than according to religious principles, and claim the Archbishop’s comments have only helped the case of extremists while making Muslim women worse off, because they do not have equal rights under Islamic law.
Douglas Murray, the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said:
He has started a process which is deeply dangerous, damaging to Britain and to Muslim women in Britain. It was a wicked move because it undermines the progressives and gives succour to the extremists.
How does the Archbishop of Canterbury know, sitting in Lambeth Palace, that a woman in Bolton has volunteered to give up half her inheritance to her brother?
Neil Addison, a barrister who specialises in religious discrimination cases, said:
I think the Archbishop has failed to give a justification for sharia law. What’s the advantage it would bring to British Muslims and to British law? I believe his speech was deeply harmful to British Muslims because it helps the separation of them from the rest of society.
What he was asking for was sharia dealing with wills and divorce, which are public areas of law, not private ones.
Ironically, Williams chose to re-enter the debate just as the One Law for All Organization, which vehemently opposes sharia in the UK, was preparing for a rally in London on March 7.
As part of International Women’s Day, One Law for All supporters will gather at Trafalgar Square in the afternoon, then March to the Conway Hall in Holborn for a public meetingÂ – Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s
Rights – and an arts competition.