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No Compulsion to attend a Sharia Court

Reader comment on item: Britain's Encounter with Islamic Law
in response to reader comment: Of Whom Shall We Fear; Whom Shall We Trust to Save Us.

Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), Feb 15, 2008 at 07:38

What consideration will a Moslem find taking his grievance to a Sharia Court that he will not be allowed under the prevailing justice system of British Civil and Criminal Courts? As long as the Sharia Courts do not give succor to Muslims who break the laws of the land or give legal advantage under civil administration what fear is a Sharia court.

The British simply have to put it under the standing judiciary as they did in Ontario, Canada, with a similar provision that the Sharia Court is a matter of personal choice for a practicing Moslem, not a compulsion to be observed by all Moslems necessarily, and that the Civil and Criminal Courts decisions trump any decision handed down in a Sharia Court. Much like what takes place with the Rabbinical Courts and their authority with in our society.

I Don't hear too many people shouting of their fear of Rabbinical Courts and the dissolution of democracy. Allow the Sharia Courts and staunchly defend any Moslems right as a citizen to be heard by the civil or Criminal Courts and make any form of religious compulsion illegal and strictly enforce that freedom. As Jews should live according to their religious dictates, and Christians held to theirs, so should Moslems be held to their religious dogma. If that means a few are beheaded or stoned to death or have their hands chopped off in a British square I'm all for it. The main thing is that all people understand and respect that there is no religious compulsion in a democracy and that that fundamental precept is strictly policed.

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