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February 07, 2008

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Dom

"There's a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law, as we already do with some other aspects of religious law."

I'm scratching my head here. Has the state accomodated Christian, or Jeewish, or Buddhist law?

American laws generally allow no accomodations with religion. We can't say the Pledge in public schools because of the words "under God", and I assume we can't recite the Gettysburg Address for the same reason.

I suppose American "Blue Laws" might fit -- some cities won't allow selling alcohol on Sunday, but these laws generally don't stand up when challenged.

DaninVan

Dom; up here in Canada, Ontario actually, efforts by Islamic groups to have Sharia recognized backfired when ALL religion-based 'court'/mediation authority was disallowed. This in spite of the fact that these (non-sharia)courts had operated without conflict for a very long time.
Seems like the muzzies win even when they lose.http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/09/09/sharia-protests-20050909.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3599264.stm

DaninVan

"...that the UK has to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system."

WTF?!! How did this guy get to be an Archbishop?...nevermind, don't answer that. The CofE will be the death of England yet.

JohnM

Speaking as a recidivist burglar, I have to say that the Bishop is quite right. It is absurd that the same law should apply to everyone equally. I demand the right to be judged by people who share my own cultural values.

Jim Miller

I hope you will excuse me for making this suggestion -- I am an American and not a member of the Episcopalian church -- but have you considered replacing Rowan Williams with a Christian? (Assuming, of course, that change wouldn't violate your laws.)

Even the most secular should be able to see advantages in this solution. Imagine, for example, a BBC interviewer faced with an Archbishop of Canterbury who said that he planned to preach the Gospel to Muslims. (You might want to keep emergency services standing by, just in case the interviewer could not cope with such an outlandish idea.)

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