Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sharia Tolerated in the UK

From the Telegraph:
Mr Yusuf said a group of Somali youths were arrested on suspicion of stabbing another Somali teenager. The victim's family told the police it would be settled out of court and the suspects were released on bail.

A hearing was convened and elders ordered the assailants to compensate their victim. "All their uncles and their fathers were there," said Mr Yusuf. "So they all put something towards that and apologised for the wrongdoing."
That's nice. Now if they can just be allowed to stone adultresses and demand four witnesses for rape cases, everyone can be happy.

Non-Muslim British collaborators have even come up with a nice, PC name for it: "legal pluralism." There are a couple of older terms that can't be far behind: "vigilantism" and "lynching."

I can't see much evidence that the Brits are terribly concerned with this direct challenge to their sovereignty:
Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi, a barrister and principal of Hijaz College Islamic University, near Nuneaton, Warwicks, said this type of court had advantages for Muslims. "It operates on a low budget, it operates on very small timescales and the process and the laws of evidence are far more lenient and it's less awesome an environment than the English courts," he said.

Mr Siddiqi predicted that there would be a formal network of Muslim courts within a decade.