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Stop the Shari'a Courts in Canada

Reader comment on item: Which Privileges for Islam?

Submitted by Andria Spindel (United States), Mar 20, 2005 at 22:54


If Islamic women are frightened by the prospect of Shari'a courts in Canada, and don't believe that participation in this form of arbitration will be "voluntary" for many of their gender, and as these courts pretty universally discriminate against women, I am wondering how you can play down the "noise" about the prospect of such religious courts in Canada.

I suspect that Islamic women here, in traditional unions, are often victims of their culture's prejudices and Homa Arjamond and Irshad Manji are not lightweights. If they have a concern and can rally intelligent, capable women to their cause, we should pay attention.

Your article does not explicity support Shari'a courts, but diminishes the fight that is being carried on here to prevent such courts from being sanctioned in Canada.

I too believe that stoning won't be allowed, but I think there are many forms of oppression and suppression.

Andria Spindel

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