Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is UK Home Secretary Theresa May.

Theresa May has claimed Muslims in Britain “benefit greatly” from Sharia law as she launched plans for an “independent inquiry,” headed by a Muslim and guided by two “leading imams,” into whether some of the controversial courts’ judgements are at odds with British gender equality laws.Mrs. May stated: “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.

How can an inquiry headed by a Muslim and guided by two Muslim religious leaders be an unbiased and independent inquiry into Sharia Law courts? It is not even a 50-50 split. Where are the secular British law experts?

…The proposed review will investigate whether Sharia law is being “misused” and “exploited” to discriminate against women in Islamic courts in the UK, according to the Home Secretary.

...So as to reassure Muslims, unelected Home Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon issued a ministerial statement promising the review will in no way look into the legality of the courts, saying Sharia law is “a source of guidance” for Muslims in the UK.

…Critics took to social media to lambaste the inquiry for “legitimising” Sharia courts, the most prominent beings the National Secular Society who implied that as long as the courts exist in this country, Muslim women will be discriminated against.

Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer who spearheaded a Parliamentary drive to rein in unofficial Sharia courts, said there was a danger the inquiry could be a “distraction” from the urgency of tackling discrimination. She said: “I think the Government may well say ‘let’s wait until the results of the investigation’ but we need action now.

“My reservation is that it won’t get to the root of the problem. A lot of Muslim women I know say that the men in their communities just laugh at this proposed investigation, that they will go underground so the investigation will have to be very robust.”

The peer also slammed Mrs. May’s insistence that discrimination against women is due to “misuse” of Sharia teaching rather than the teaching itself. Baroness Cox said she’s a supporter of religious freedoms and compared the Muslim period of fasting — Ramadan — to Lent (a period before Easter in which Christians either choose to go without things that are important to them, or fast), but condemned aspects of Islam related to its religious laws.

Ms. Cox said: “I believe in freedom of religion and I believe that there are aspects of Sharia law that are totally unproblematic.

“If Muslims want to fast, well Christians do that at Lent, if they want to pray five times a day, that’s more than I do.

“But the aspects which are causing such concerns — such as that a man can divorce his wife by saying ‘I divorce you’ three times — that is inherent, the right to ‘chastise’ women is inherent, polygamy is inherent.

“I don’t think those things are a distortion or Sharia law. These are aspects of Sharia law which are unacceptable.”

– pamelageller.com

 

 


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  • shykiwibloke

    So if we take this example and extrapolate:- alcoholics should review liquor licensing laws, gang leaders should be retained to look into police brutality, pedophiles can sit in judgement of the courts handling of sexual offenders, boy racers can set our warrant of fitness standards, and Ms Bradford and her beneficiaries can review govt social policies. What is this woman smoking, or should I ask who is bribing/blackmailing her? I can’t think of another logical reason for such a stupid move.

  • waldopepper

    seriously. if the poms dont step up to the plate and do something fairly smartly, they will loose their country to this cancer. odds as to which european country falls first. im going for the germany, sweden and britain trifecta myself.

    • oldmanNZ

      I think they already have, if the have Sharia law already.

  • Tony Norriss

    Of course, it is also OK to give women a beating to discipline them, so long as it is done lightly:
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/28/asia/pakistan-women-light-beating/

  • Slightly flawed.

    As with most politicians, it would be interesting to know who has donated money to her political campaigns and fundraising, follow the money and you probably better understand her twisted thinking. I believe Britains has already lost, it has been falling over itself for years by embracing PC and pandering to Islam. The lunatics really have taken over the asylum over there, we all know what the review will find,… nothing, and there will be no conflict with British law, you can almost bet your house on it. As I said, the UK is PC mad now, anything goes, I really can see the day in the next 20 years when we have stonings in British cities, but it will be ok, as long as a full hazard assessment is done first, and people make sure they are wearing the correct PPE.

  • andrewo

    Demographics count. The Tories know the fastest growing segment of the UK population is the Muslim one. They are quietly reorientation themselves to get those votes.

  • taurangaruru

    The womens lib movement have fought a long, hard & at times bitter fight for equality, where are they now? If the soft headed pinko men in the world won’t stand up to this islamic scourge will our women lead the fight or are we doomed to be overrun by these barbarians?

  • Andinz

    Teresa May, as a politician, will be used to lies and evasiveness. This she will get from her Islamists looking for differences between sharia and British gender equality laws. Where are her British law experts in this matter?
    Her agenda might well be appeasement and it might include something like “those who choose to be muslim can live like muslims under the law they choose”.
    But she may yet have the balls to do something about the disgraceful way they treat women in the eyes of the country they willingly chose to live in. Hopefully before they start stoning women in the UK and put to shame those of her gender who worked hard and suffered for equality between sexes.

  • spanishbride

    When I first started writing about the dangers of Islam specifically Islamic law ( Sharia ) I used hyperbole to get my points across hoping that in reality the danger wasn’t quite so bad. In my heart of hearts I really struggled to believe that Sharia could seriously get a hold inside a democratic country. The reality of what has already happened in Britain and the lack of will by politicians there to protect all women from the innate injustice within Sharia law is devastating.

    If Britain, the country that colonised us cannot or will not protect gender equality how can we have any faith that women will be protected here in New Zealand?

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