"The woman in black wanted an Islamic divorce. She told the religious judge that her husband hit her, cursed her and wanted her dead. But her husband was opposed, and the Islamic scholar adjudicating the case seemed determined to keep the couple together. So, sensing defeat, she brought our her secret weapon: her father.
In walked a bearded man in long robes who described his son-in-law as a hot-tempered man who had duped his daughter, evaded the police and humiliated his family. The judge promptly reversed himself and recommended divorce."
See, it was all going badly until the father walked in, with the "judge" saying “Please, will you give him another chance?” and "I'll give you one month's time to reconcile". But since the word of a man trumps that of a woman, and the word of an older man presumably trumps that of a younger man, the father was able to sort it all out with these words of wisdom:
“He was not a cucumber that we could cut open to know that he was rotten inside. The only solution is divorce.”Okay, so it sounds like the correct decision was made in the end in that case, but only because the father intervened. Do we really want this kind of process to have legal backing in the UK? Here's another example from Leyton:
Another woman, 25, wanted out of a two-year-old arranged marriage with a man who refused to consummate the relationship. Dr. Hasan counseled dialogue. “Until we see the husband,” he said, “we can’t be sure that what you’re saying is true.”The clearest arguments against Sharia that I've heard and read have been put by the Independent columnist Johann Hari. I recently saw him speak on the subject in a debate at the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain conference (clip included below), and after that he kindly nominated Rowan Williams for our Bad Faith Award (click here to hear that nomination). Why? Because, in suggesting we should allow Sharia in Britain, Williams was advocating exposing Muslim women in this country to "a court system that reinforces the most ugly forms of mysogyny."