UK Home Secretary Theresa May Hails "Benefits" of Sharia Law

Chris Menahan
May. 27, 2016

UK Home Secretary Theresa May said many British Muslims "benefit a great deal" from living under Sharia law while launching an investigation into any possible "mistreatment of women" under the separate legal system.

Via The Telegraph:
A panel of experts, including the retired high court judge Sir Mark Hedley and leading barristers, who will be advised by two leading imams, will focus on investigating the treatment of women in cases involving divorce, domestic violence and child custody.

Mrs May emphasised that it would look at how Sharia ideas were being “misused or exploited” rather than a broader examination of whether the teaching itself discriminates against women.

In a ministerial statement announcing the review, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Home Office Minister, insisted: “It will not be a review of the totality of Sharia law, which is a source of guidance for many Muslims in the UK.”

Sharia legal scholars.
Mrs May added: “Many British people of different faiths follow religious codes and practices, and benefit a great deal from the guidance they offer.

“A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern.

“There is only one rule of law in our country, which provides rights and security for every citizen.

“Professor Siddiqui, supported by a panel with a strong balance of academic, religious and legal expertise, will help us better understand whether and the extent to which Sharia law is being misused or exploited and make recommendations to the Government on how to address this.”

Although Sharia ideas have no official footing in British law they are widely used to resolve disputes within Muslim communities, sometimes with legal effect.

One study published by the think-tank Civitas almost seven years ago estimated that there were more than 85 Sharia bodies operating in Britain but there is no official estimate.
It really takes a deep investigation to figure out whether or not this is in line with women's lib:

Surely, the only problem with Sharia law is those scoundrels who "misuse and exploit" it.

As I reported earlier this month, British mosques are now banning women and girls from using Facebook, traveling alone and wearing trousers.

Perhaps an "investigation" should be launched to determine whether or not those women are being mistreated, though it should of course exclude any examination of the merits of Sharia law, hallowed be thy name, as that would be racist.

The Brits have imported a hostile population into their nation which is operating under their own legal system. The Muslims refuse to integrate and view being told to integrate as an affront to their religion, yet they're A-OK with integrating native Brits' cash into their own pockets through endless welfare programs.

An ICM poll shared in the Times last month showed:
• One in five Muslims in Britain never enter a non-Muslim house;
• 39 per cent of Muslims, male and female, say a woman should always obey her husband;
• 31 per cent of British Muslims support the right of a man to have more than one wife;
• 52 per cent of Muslims did not believe that homosexuality should be legal;
• 23 per cent of Muslims support the introduction of Sharia law rather than the laws laid down by parliament.
Trevor Phillips, the UK "Equalities Chief" who popularised the term "Islamophobia," said in April he thought Muslims would "blend" in better and admitted he "got almost everything wrong."

“Twenty years ago… I published the report titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong.”

“We estimated that the Muslim population of the UK would be approaching 2 [million] by 2020. We underestimated by nearly a million. We predicted that the most lethal threat to Muslims would come from racial attacks and social exclusion. We completely failed to foresee the urban conflicts of 2001 that ravaged our northern cities. And of course we didn’t dream of 9/11 and the atrocities in Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Brussels and London.”

“For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.”

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