First we have the news that at least 40 faith schools are teaching creationism in science lessons (via a report on More4 news) and now we wake up to discover that Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, thinks that sharia law could have a place in the UK legal system.
Phillips, who is the most senior judge in England and Wales, told an audience at the East London Muslim Centre that sharia could play a part in settling divorce cases and other family disputes:
"There is no reason why sharia principles, or any other religious code, should not be the basis for mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. It must be recognised, however, that any sanctions for a failure to comply with the agreed terms of mediation would be drawn from the laws of England and Wales."
While Phillips wasn't advocating the establishment of sharia courts in the UK, it seems his comments will reignite a debate that many hoped had gone away following the furore over the Archbishop of Canterbury's comments earlier this year.
Friday, 4 July 2008
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