Monday, October 13, 2008

UK:Ex-Muslims Come out Against Sharia law

While Christian leaders are in support of Sharia law being allowed into the UK, a group of people who actually understand what Sharia law is all about has spoken up. The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain have stepped up to the plate and have come out against Sharia law coming into the UK. The group's leader Iranian born Maryam Namazie has said that fighting Sharia is not racist, but that calling for Sharia is. I have always said that if you want to learn about Islam, just ask an ex-Muslim.

Shari’a Law Called ‘Racist, Backward’ at Meeting of Ex-Muslims
Monday, October 13, 2008
By Kevin McCandless

London ( – Sweeping legal challenges must be made against the creeping introduction of Islamic law (shari’a) in the United Kingdom, the head of a new body of former Muslims said here Friday.

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, a group bringing together former adherents of the Islamic faith as well as humanists, held its first international conference in London. Several speakers decried the rise of what they called “political Islam” across Europe.

In Britain, Muslims increasingly and controversially have turned to religious courts to decide civil matters under religious law.

Since 2006, the largest such body, the Islamic Shari’a Council in east London, says it has handled around 1,000 cases, mostly dealing with divorce.

While most shari’a courts have no binding legal authority, a growing network of arbitration panels applying Islamic law have been set up around Britain since 2007, and their decisions can be enforced by regular British courts.

Proponents of shari’a courts argue that they help preserve the Muslim identity of a minority community and create a protective environment for young and old alike.

Members of the Islamic Shari’a Council said earlier this year that the vast majority of their cases deal with getting women out of marriages that have gone bad, thus enabling them to remarry under Islamic law.

“We try to reconcile, but in cases where a marriage was enforced on a girl against her wishes, against her own opinion, we don’t want to negotiate,” council president Maulana Abu Sayeed said at the time.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, head of the Church of England, was sharply criticized in February for suggesting that the establishment of shari’a in Britain was “unavoidable.”

However, Sadiq Khan, the recently-appointed government minister for “community cohesion,” told The Times of London last week that the Muslim community in Britain was not “advanced enough” to have its own system of courts.

Such courts could also enforce a system of discrimination against women, said Khan, who is himself a Muslim.

Maryam Namazie, head of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, told Friday’s audience of several hundred that shari’a courts were part of the growing influence felt by politically motivated Islamists.

Namazie, a feminist and communist activist who left her native Iran several years ago, charged that the courts victimize poor, immigrant women, forcing them to remain in situations where domestic abuse was common.

By bowing to political correctness, she said, the British government had abetted a terrible situation.

“Opposing shari’a is not racism,” she said. “It’s racist to demand backward, medieval laws for people living in the 20th century.”

The council wanted humanists and secularists to band together to legally challenge Islamic tribunals, taking their argument to the European Court of Human Rights.

Namazie and other speakers said countries such as Germany and Sweden were becoming more accepting of Islamic law.

Roy Brown, who represents the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, said influential Islamic countries have been successful at shaping debate in the Geneva-based council.

“We’ve been told not to mention Islam,” he said. “We’ve been told not to mention shari’a.”

Members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a grouping of Islamic countries, hold one-third of the seats in the 47-member Human Rights Council. The OIC has come under fire for promoting resolutions at the council and other U.N. bodies seeking to oulaw what it calls the “defamation” of Islam.

Brown said the spread of fundamentalism in Britain had been sparked by massive donations coming from Saudi Arabia to fund religious schools and mosques.

“One of the reasons that political Islam has been so successful in this country is because it’s awash with Saudi money,” he said. “They have been spent literally billions.”

Throughout the day, speaker after speaker railed against the British government’s decision to increase the number of state-funded faith schools of all religions.

To combat the rise of shari’a, they agreed that humanism should be promoted both in Britain and around the world, sidelining the influence of religion.

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Anonymous said...

Great Britain is signing it's own death warrant by letting these Muslim nutters into the British legal system.

Swedish Steel

Christopher Logan said...

You would think that the UK government would want to learn as much as possible about Sharia law and hold a meeting with this group of ex-Muslims.

Anonymous said...

The problem is the level of discontent among the English people has not risen to the level of action required.

Each and every day, muslims push the limits just a little more, just a little farther. Every day, they disenfranchise more common people. At some point, someone will rise up as a political leader on a radical anti islamic platform, and will garner widespread support.

When the English people get enough of it, they will boot the Labour party out, and hopefully charge them with treason.

The only way England will stay the England we all knew and loved will be massive forced repatriation of all Muslims. There will be no peace for the people of England until Islam triumphs or the English people remove the threat.

To the PC crowd, I would leave you with this:

"Tolerance of intolerance is COWARDICE!"

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