Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Proposal to recognize Sharia for Muslims in Britain met with shock and outrage

Recently, many media outlets have been reporting calls for applying Sharia law in Muslim areas of Britain. This could include some civil benefits for polygamous marriages. Immediately, this brings up the obvious objection that polygamy in effect denies many men the opportunity to marry and have their own families, a criticism that social conservatives have long made of many non-Judeo-Christian cultures (some, like George Gilder in the 1980s, even connected this to homosexuality). It can be argued that polygamy is a major cause of social despair among young men in some Islamic societies, leading to an interest in martyrdom and terrorism. But the major objection is that in a constitutional democracy, the law has to apply equally to all citizens, male or female, married or not.

The London Telegraph reported, in an article by Patrick Hennessy and Melissa Kite, " Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK," here (back from 2006).

But much of the controversy started Feb. 11, 2008, with the story "VIEW: Archbishop of Canterbury suggests adoption of sharia in Britain," as in the Times of India, link here.

The Bishop of Hulme condemned this proposal; story "Bishop condemns 'shameful' sharia outcry", by James Sturcke, Hélène Mulholland in the UK Guardian, link here.

Then, on Tuesday Feb. 12, the Washington Times reported, "Britain clears way for polygamy benefits," link here. This is despite the fact that polygamy is outlawed in Britain, but individual Muslims are never prosecuted for it.

Then, today in the same paper, Helen Dale offered a perspective "Islam, Britain," link here.

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