Sharia In The UK
The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the
"seems unavoidable." UK
Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the
has to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system. UK
Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.
For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.
He says Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty".
In a unique interpretation of justice, Williams says it’s dangerous to think society should have only one set of laws which apply to all:
Dr Williams said an approach to law which simply said "there's one law for everybody and that's all there is to be said, and anything else that commands your loyalty or allegiance is completely irrelevant in the processes of the courts - I think that's a bit of a danger."
Fine. Speaking as one whose primary loyalty and allegiance are to logic and reason, I humbly submit that society will be placed in great danger if I'm expected to obey laws like “It’s illegal to punch people in the mouth when they say stupid things like ‘it’s dangerous to insist on one law for everybody.’”