Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sharia in Britain

Jonz over at Infidel Bloggers Alliance catches this story of a meeting between Muslim leaders and the British government-

Muslim leaders summoned to talks with the Government on tackling extremism in their midst called for public holidays to mark their religious festivals.

The meeting was set up so that the government could highlight the need for the Muslim community to tackle extremism- but it got "turned around" and instead the Muslim leaders made their own demands. Incredibly the Daily Mail leads with the call for Muslim bank holidays to be recognised when the real story here, as far as I can see, is that the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland called for Sharia law to be introdcued to the UK for "family matters".

The Secretary General of that group had this to say-

'We told her if you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.'

We are willing to co-operate but there should be a partnership,' Dr Pasha said. 'They should understand our problems then we will understand their problems.

Sounds a bit like a veiled threat to me- give us Sharia or else. The worrying thing is that the govertnment didn't reject the notion straight away but would "consider the proposals".

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