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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Must Read: Shariah by Stealth

An excellent post at ChicagoBoyz regarding the trend of Islamic law transcending common law, specifically in Britain.

Perhaps the most important element that defines a state and divides it from the non-state is adherence to a universal system of laws. Coddling those that seek to establish their own (oft contrary) legal framework in the name of "religious tolerance" is the height of both misconception and utter stupidity. An excerpt from the above mentioned CB post:

Immigrant Aydarus Yusuf, who has lived in Britain for 15 years says, in effect, that he does not feel bound by British law. “Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law.” According to the BBC, the 29-year old youth worker wants to ensure that other members of his community remain subject to the law of their ancestors, too. To this end, he helps convene an unofficial Somali court, or “gar”, in southeast London. This group tries both civil and criminal cases, without reference to the English police or England’s 1,000 year old legal infrastructure. This news simply confirmed what many in Britain already suspected. Muslim immigrants and their offspring, who constitute around 2.5% (according to Labour government figures) of the population, are running an underground parallel legal system operated along tribal lines by “elders”.[read the rest here]

One thing that really caught my eye occurred in the posts commentary where the author stated:

"...resentment of not only muslims, but the special advantages accorded them is close to reaching tipping point in Britain."

This is a picture perfect case of a government seeking one directive (tolerance of Islam) and yet being so myopic in their approach that they effectively assure that which they wish to avoid. Massive blowback and large scale intolerance.

Additional excellent insight regarding this subject can be found at Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze.


Steve said...

Don't Orthodox Jews have theirown courts for some matters, such as divorce, contracts and so on?

Jay@Soob said...

Hmm. Great question, steve. I'll look into it.