The head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan Williams, told an interviewer today that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system. Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion. For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court. He says Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.
Money quote ” An approach to law which simply said – there’s one law for everybody – I think that’s a bit of a danger.”
As you can imagine that has created some debate and indeed a backlash from UK politicians. As well it should. We need to jealously guard what civil rights we have, rather than look at infringing them to satisfy religious zealots of whatever stripe. Certainly this would be grim news for young gays and lesbians in Muslim families in the UK if it came to pass.
But turnabout should be fair play. So I think that gays in the UK could have their own system of laws as well. Perhaps the Magna Cocka. And we ticket good-looking straight guys who dress too modestly.