Dr Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations, has been having meetings with Ruth Kelly, Communities Minister, to discuss the ways forward for cohesion between Muslims and non- Muslims in Britain.
He has, apparantly, asked for holidays to mark Muslim festivals, and, scarily, Islamic laws to cover family affairs which would apply only to Muslims. He wasn't "seeking Sharia law for criminal offences but Muslim communities in Britain should be able to operate Islamic codes for marriage and family life"
"In Scotland", he tells us, using a flawed analogy i might add, " they have a separate law. It doesn't mean thEy are not part of the UK. We are asking for IslaMic law which covers marriage and family life."
Labour MP's WITH LARGE MUSLIM COMMUNITIES in their constituencies have expressed concerns about the prssure in Britain for Sharia law. ( Which does perhaps indicate that a large majority of Muslims in Britain don't want it)
Heres the link: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/pol...cle1219289.ece
Now, i defend Islam a lot on here and in public, because i have always felt that a lot of xenophobia comes into the equation, rather than the fictitious "Islamophobia", a silly word bandied around by people who don't stop to consider that Islam, the religion, is rarely attacked, wherEas its followers are. Islam contains no more controversial ideologies than other main religions, although i don't want to segue into an argument about that so.....
This is a story about someone high up in Islamic establishment, getting far enough through red tape to be able to even hold meetings CONSIDERING the introduction of aspects of Sharia law into Britain, which i find terrible. The very fact that meetings are being held suggests that things are going a wee bit too far.
In Britain, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are all equal under the law. Introducing various bits and bobs of other laws to appease people would be disastrous, and would be putting the foot in the door for other things to get through. If someone chooses to reside in Britain, i am strongly in favour of those people accepting and choosing to live by the rules of law. I don't care about cultures and traditions- here, we should be able to do as we please, and follow whatever culture we wish- but when it comes to LAW, there should be no other options but to follow those that have come from a democratic process that we have opted into. Pressure to have parts of it changed so that different people live differently, is ridiculous. Not least because the majority of Muslims living here do NOT want Sharia law, and in fact are here because they wanted to escape it in their original countries.
My theory is that certain MALE strict Muslims are desperate to get it here, because it allows further control of their females, who they don't like to see with too much freedom. Introducing any aspect of Sharia law here would be extremely dangerous for Muslim women here.(Note the focus on family and marriage law).
His Scotland analogy was useless. He was arguing that they have their own laws and are still considered British, so why can't Muslims have their own laws and still be considered British? Firstly, Scotland is a country, not a religion. There is concentration in Scotland, and people choose to live there and adopt the laws that are there. Muslims are spread all over the country, showing a major difference. It breaks even further when you consider that Scottish people in England have to follow English, rather than Scottish, law. Fine, if you want to follow Scottish law, you can go and live in Scotland. If you want to live by English law, you can live in England. If you want to live by Sharia law, you must go and find a country where it exists.
We cannot have this cutting and pasting of different laws, which would only confuse people, alienate people, further show our differences making integration harder, and potentailly oppress the many Muslims here who came here solely for more freedom.
Who else find it scary that the government are even willing to discuss aspects of Sharia law being introduced, rather than shouting a resounding "NO!"?