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← Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

paulmcuk's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by paulmcuk

          [Comment 2](/articles/646073-sharia-law-neither-equal-nor-free/comments?page=1#comment_944549) by  [Red Dog](/profiles/126865)          :

                 An ignorant American trying to understand this, so in the UK you have arbitration boards that can take the place of traditional courts for certain communities (e.g. Muslims) and certain crimes?  Is that correct?If I've got it right then why in the world do you do this? Is this some sop to multiculturalism? It seems like a terrible idea to me, IMO there should be one set of secular laws for everyone in any nation. I don't really see any advantage to these kinds of arbitration boards. I don't even see the logical rational for them.

I stand to be corrected on this but I think there are secular arbitration services too. The basic idea - which I think is a good one - is to have a way for people to avoid the expense and drama of going to court to settle minor disputes. However, it does by default legitimise the sharia and rabbinical courts (rabbinical courts being very common in the US I understand).

Wed, 30 May 2012 19:12:07 UTC | #944580