Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Senior judge in England says Sharia Law should be used

Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips, the most senior judge in England, said last week that Muslims could use Islamic Sharia law to resolve family and marital disputes.

"Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law," he said.

Phillips signaled approval for the numerous informal Sharia courts in mosques throughout England as long as the rulings and punishments comply with English law.

On the surface, this sounds like a simple matter of tolerance. It allows for a religious groups to dictate family matters in a way consistent with their beliefs.

But many worry that the principles of Sharia will lead to a loss of rights for women. For example, under Sharia law, a man can divorce a woman by repudiating her and incurs no obligation to support her or her family financially.

It remains unclear how English and Sharia law will coexist.

As Cal Thomas points out in a recent column , Sharia Law is not compatible with English law, it is a law unto itself.

Could English law eventually become subordinate to Sharia? While many will scoff at the notion, radical Islamists have stated their goal to subject the world to Sharia law. This constitutes one of the driving forces behind radical Islam.

There are some who argue that the terrorists strike at us because they resent our wealth or they harbor anger over our policies. They believe a change of foreign policy, more foreign aid, or negotiations will solve the problem.

But while it's extremely politically incorrect to point this out, their driving force is religious.

Sunni terror leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have openly stated their goal of establishing a new Caliphate governed by Sharia law bound by Casablanca in the east and Bali in the west. Then after a period of peace, the proclaim Islam will spread throughout the world, with the destruction of "infidel" cultures and religions.

In order to understand our battle against radical Islam, we must understand their true motives and goals. When we understand why they fight and die, it becomes evident that we must fight them or eventually submit to their advances.

The war plays out not only on the battlefield. Our enemies also wage a cultural battle.

They appear to have won one in England.

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