originally posted by: crazyewok
Countless time I keep hearing (mainly from Americans) that Muslims have overrun the UK and there is Shari law everywhere and all white christian
Brits live in constant fear....
Im not seeing this Muslim Britain?
That's because "Muslim Britain" is just a slogan with a very narrow and specific meaning. It's not referring to muslim communities, which exist
all around the country without any issues, but rather it refers to the areas where parts of that community have gone a step further - the infamous
"muslim patrols" that were spotted in one or two areas, for example.
"Muslim Britain" in the media means that specific group. That group is tiny and is not, to the best of my knowledge, representative of the much
wider muslim community.
Yes, you could argue (and many people do) that the hardcore group are simply living up to the values that the entire community is expected to uphold,
but the vast majority of the wider community happily coexist in a reasonable medium between the two cultures.
The matter of "Sharia law" is much more interesting. If you wish to adhere to any set of guidelines or principles, provided they do not run contrary
to English law (by which I mean they require you to do something that is specifically not allowed in law, rather than just having a different
approach) then that is fine. Courts will often encourage parties to seek some form of arbitration before taking the matter before a judge, provided
the parties agree then it doesn't matter if that is a Sharia court, a local arbitration service or some guy in the pub flipping a coin.
The risk is where the Court gets removed entirely from the process. A person should always be able to take a legitimate grievance before a court. If a
person had a reasonable expectation of an outcome under law, but they receive a different outcome under Sharia law and they are then effectively
prevented from going to Court for a proper legal determination
- whether that is from overwhelming pressure from the wider community, or being
mislead as to their options, or even straightforward threats if they try - then
it would become a major issue for me. Even there, the issue
isn't so much with Sharia law but in how certain people were seeking to enforce it.
I think in time those tiny hardcore groups will attract more support and grow, boundaries will be pushed and the people in those communities will run
the risk of being increasingly isolated and cut off from the protection of the Court. I don't think it will reach the levels that the Daily Fail seem
to think exist already. If it does, then we will certainly have a major problem.