A new Bill was introduced yesterday in the House of Lords that will help address the problem of Sharia courts operating in England and Wales.
The Bill was introduced by Baroness Cox, and is supported by a wide range of groups including The Christian Institute and the National Secular Society; agreeing on something at last?!
The Bill doesn’t the internal affairs of religious groups, but will make it a crime for Sharia courts to act as though they have jurisdiction over criminal law or family law. The Bill is clear that Sharia courts are not equal nor above state law.
The Bill also emphasises that discrimination against women will not be lawful in arbitration tribunals, so that it will be illegal for a woman’s testimony to be treated less favourably than a man’s.
For Christians, the Christian Institute have isssued some prayer points:
Information on the bill can be read here.
I’m very glad that Britain is coming to the knowledge that Sharia generally isn’t in line with our British values and moral interests. If this law passes, then it will mean safety for many Muslims, especially women, as well as helping to make sure that Islamic extremism doesn’t advance any further.
What do you think about this situation?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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