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Oh Joy! Britain Now Has 85 Sharia Courts

From the UK’s Guardian:

Dozens of sharia courts are giving illegal advice, claims Civitas report

Afua Hirsch, legal affairs correspondent
Monday 29 June 2009

Dozens of sharia courts in the UK are regularly giving illegal advice on issues including marriage and divorce, a report published today claims.

Decisions concerning marriages not recognised under English law, polygamy, and disputes regarding children are being made by at least 85 sharia courts, according to the report by the thinktank Civitas.

There is no clear divide between the functions of imams and the sharia courts. An imam who conducts a marriage which is not registered and then advises on disputes within that marriage acts in breach of the law and outside the scope of the sharia court’s role, Civitas say.

"Some of these courts are advising illegal actions," said Denis MacEoin, a former lecturer in Arabic and Islamic studies who wrote the report. "And others transgress human rights standards."

Muslim arbitration tribunal (MTA), a network of sharia courts, has been operating in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton since 2007 under the 1996 Arbitration Act. These make decisions that are legally binding and can be enforced by the English courts, provided they do not conflict with English law and both parties choose to use them.

An MTA spokeswoman said that critics of any use of Islamic law failed to recognise that both parties had to agree to any form of dispute resolution in Britain.

"The establishment of Muslim Arbitration Tribunals is an important and significant step towards providing the Muslim community with a real opportunity to self determine disputes in accordance with Islamic sacred law," a statement from the organisation said.

But today’s report claims that many smaller and often informal courts are making decisions under sharia law beyond their legal remit.

"About two-thirds of Muslim marriages are not being registered under the Marriages Act, which is illegal," said Neil Addison, a barrister specialising in the law on religion. "A woman with such a marriage would have no choice but to go to a sharia tribunal … But it’s not the way arbitration is supposed to work."

MacEoin said: "By demanding marriage under Muslim law, the divorce is determined by the man saying ‘I divorce you’ three times. Divorce under Islamic law also affects the wife’s entitlement to alimony, custody of children, and who keeps the family house. These will all be decided by sharia law and will be discriminatory towards the woman in all cases."

Many Muslim lawyers have compared the operation of sharia courts to the Jewish beth din, which also operate as arbitration tribunals under UK law, a comparison which is questioned by the report.

The report disputes the comparison. "These courts are not operating within the same disciplines as the beth din", said Addison. "The beth din acknowledge that ‘the law of the land is the law.’ and a rabbi cannot perform a synagogue marriage ceremony unless a registrar is present to simultaneously register the marriage under English law."

"Imams and mosques are performing marriage ceremonies that are not registered under English law," Addison added. "They are the only religion that are doing it … Hindus and Sikhs have registered their temples under the Marriages Act."

The report’s findings raise questions about the appropriate scope of tribunals under the Arbitration Act, experts say, which were not intended to deal with issues like divorce.

Sharia courts also need to be more transparent if they are to continue, critic says. "These tribunals don’t seem to have any system of record keeping" said MacEion. "They are not transparent – either within their own community or for the outside community. That is a problem that needs to be looked at."

Wonderful news, is it not?

It won’t be long before we, too, will be able to enjoy the blessings of Sharia Law.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Oh Joy! Britain Now Has 85 Sharia Courts”

  1. canary says:

    Obama has already hired Sharia (SOS) to run courts. I can’t comprehend either country choosing such a radical muslim sect for the positions for this purpose.
    Can’t find the original article where U.S. is going to use them in courts, but
    found this scary piece.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    The U.S. is slowly following a similar path.

    Harold Koh, Obama’s legal adviser for the United States Department of State has said that the U.S. is part of an “axis of disobedience” for not obeying international laws.

    The globalist attitude of the left is the first step in the erosion of liberty. International precedent isn’t freedom of speech, or freedom of religion, or treating women equally under the law. Over 50 countries practice Shariah law, leading one to question just what Koh means and why America should forfeit its unique independence for multicultural experimentation with completely different forms of law.

    It’s only a matter of time before Europe succumbs to Shariah law and its inequities. Shariah is already an option in several.

    There is a pattern to the way that Islamic imperialists, the ones who don’t assimilate, follow when overturning / nullifying Western laws. They first claim discrimination against their religion, real or imagined. Obama unintentionally alluded to this step in his Cairo speech, when he claimed that some Americans disagreed with a woman’s right to wear the hijab. What a dope, apologizing for non-existent discrimination while talking to an Islamic country that practices FGM.

    Anyway, next come unequal demands for justice to correct the so-called discrimination. It can range from laws that prohibit blasphemy or “defamation of religions” or “hate speech” laws that selectively prosecute people who criticize Islam. There are also many lawsuits in Britain in this trend – a cook who refused to prepare pork, or a nurse who refused to scrub up to the elbows over “immodesty,” or a man who wanted legal recognition a second wife – convicted terrorists have also received payouts from the European court of human rights, etc). The Islamic extremists milk the secular system for their particular advantage.

    Finally, they push to see Shariah law offered as a legal alternative under the guise of protecting minorities. The liberal relativists go along believing that they are doing good. The disparate laws only last, of course, until the Muslim population reaches a majority and they can implement full blown shariah upon non-Muslims (this has not yet happened to any European country but demographically they are screwed).

    Without moral fortitude a culture cannot last. Britain is bogged down in regulations, with corrupt politicians who open the doors to tidal waves of immigration from the third world. Sounds a bit like the Dems, to be honest. And I can’t see a very happy outcome for our country if the globalists continue to change our nation at breakneck speed.

    Sorry I wrote so much…..I’m just pissed off and I cringe at the news these days.

  3. Mr Michael says:

    So if the marriage is performed by a free-lancer, but the marriage isn’t recognized by the Crown… aren’t they living in sin?

    I forget… what’s the penalty for that under Sharia Law…?

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “MacEoin said: “By demanding marriage under Muslim law, the divorce is determined by the man saying ‘I divorce you’ three times. Divorce under Islamic law also affects the wife’s entitlement to alimony, custody of children, and who keeps the family house. These will all be decided by sharia law and will be discriminatory towards the woman in all cases.” …”

    Well .. whatha!!! I said “I divorce you. I divorce you. I divorce you.” (3 times) to my ex and she still got most of everything. Did I forget something? Was I supposed to maybe, click my heels, too???

    Geezuz!!! What goofiness!!!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      MR ……. I have given this a great deal of thought and have come to the conclusion that after you say,”I divorce you” 3 times you get a bag of stones and then toss them at the now “Divorced wife” until there is nothing that she can think of taking with her.
      (Please ladies……..this is said with a great deal of sarcasm and is not meant to be taken the wrong way. As to mean that I agree of stoning women. But would it be okay to stone ACORNS?)

      This is me laughing now ……. Hahahahahahaha……..Ha!!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      She got the rocks, too …

      … and scored some direct hits while she threw them at me. (lol)

      I seem to recall her lawyer and the judge holding me down while she was pitching …

      (lol) :_)

  5. jobeth says:

    Yea!!! Happy Days! No more dark ages! We now live in the enlighted days of Sharia!!

    What’s that you say? You haven’t noticed how wonderfully happy everyone is in the middle east? And fair minded too?

    Women have so many rights now! They can…oh breathe (but only the deserving)…and be graced by rape…and accept the benevolent “corrections” at the hands of their wise husbands….

    We can only look forward to the enlightenment here in America. (major sarc)

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Why soooo glum jobeth? Do you need the # to Dial-a-Iman?
      I know you free thinking women are jumping for joy at the thought of sliding into the past and becoming man slaves again!! (right? I didn’t think so)

    • jobeth says:

      LD..”.I know you free thinking women are jumping for joy at the thought of sliding into the past and becoming man slaves again!! (right? I didn’t think so)”

      .LOL…You thought right!

      MR…I must be the only woman in the whole of the country that got just as taken as you.

      I divorced my ex and he never paid the first red cent toward child support. I had to raise the kids completely on my own with no help from him. (But I did it…I’m tough…:-D )

      I sorta got back at him though…even though I don’t stand a chance in H*** of actually getting anything in my life time. I finally sued in in civil court…after chasing him around the country…17 years later and got a judgement…The original $35,000 back childsupport…with all those years of interest…came up to a Quarter Million dollars…and the interest is continuing to mount.

      I have a lein against his home…all he owns is a house…but he’ll have to meet his maker for me to collect. And of course you can’t get blood out of a turnip…So I would be happy to just get the original sum.

      See? You aren’t the only one. LOL

      BTW…I don’t worry about it or let it eat at me. Even though we don’t have any contact, I know I’m a thorn in is side now and I know I did the right thing by the kids all these years. That makes me the winner.

      But come to think of it…I got what Sharia law would have given me! Uggg!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “………. but he’ll have to meet his maker for me to collect.”

      See jobeth, there is a God and believe me …………. he has a GREAT sense of humor. God will collect the interest; you take the principle!!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      “And of course you can’t get blood out of a turnip…”

      Geezuz, Jobeth .. you just reminded me. They even gave her a lien on my blood. When I croak, the blood bank and plasma folks get me first! :-(

      (lol – just kiddin’ obviously – I think – lol)

      Hope all turns out well for you, Jobeth; and God Bless all you did for your kids! That’s the stuff that’s important, ‘ay.

  6. neocon mom says:

    This is further evidence that the Brits have surrendered their will to be a sovereign nation.

  7. jrmcdonald says:

    English common law, and it’s premise of equal justice justice for all will not be upheld. The English need to stop sucking up to this ‘diversity’ crap. Perhaps they need to go to eastern europe and find their own Nicolas Sarkozy

  8. canary says:

    tha is bull that laws came from Sharia. Many laws we have come from the Jews and these Islamic people are rewriting history. Obama is aiding them. Still can’t find what I was looking for but this is very creepy. I saw something about Texas, then I saw this. Scroll and play the YouTube.

    • jobeth says:

      Thanks Canary for those links.

      The first one sends shivers up my spine. Even though I’ve seen this before it’s a needed reminder of how evil this whole Obama “syndicate” is. How much the bottom line is the destruction of of America.

      I recommend everyone reading the information and listening to the UTube video. As a refresher to those of us who know what is coming down as well as those who are just passing through this blog.

      ESPECIALLY to the Libs who are lurking in the back ground here. If you are of the evil mentality…there is no help for you, but if you are just “ga-ga” over the Hope and Change thing…Give it a read…Maybe it will open up your eyes. Maybe…

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Where is the screaming from the FemineNazis, NOW, ERA, Dykes on Bikes and the nasty Pelosi Pugilists? Might as well toss in the Gays and Lesbos too! They are sure to be thumped about by the Iman lawyers and barristers!!

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