So this is how it ends: not with a bang, but a whimper.
The most senior judge in England has declared that Islamic legal
principles in Shariah law may be used within Muslim communities in Britain
to settle marital arguments and regulate finance. Lord Chief Justice
Lord Phillips said, "Those entering into a contractual agreement can
agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English
In his speech at an East London mosque, Lord Phillips said Muslims
in Britain could use Islamic legal principles as long as punishments -
and divorce rulings - comply with English law. Shariah law does not
comply with English law. It is a law unto itself.
And so the English who gave us the Magna Carta in 1215, William
Blackstone and the foundation of American law are slowly succumbing to
the dictates of intolerant Islam and sowing seeds of their own
The Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO), an
umbrella group of activists who work in Muslim countries to liberate
women from the dark side of this oppressive force, according to
Womensphere.wordpress.com, identifies Shariah family law as the
fundamental basis for discrimination against women in the Muslim world,
including communities in the United Kingdom.
Here are just some of the "benefits" British Muslim women can look
forward to if Shariah law replaces English law: The Muslim woman cannot
marry without parental approval, worsening the problem of forced
marriage; marriages can be conducted without the presence of a bride,
as long as the guardian consents, creating a climate for underage and
early marriage; Muslim women may only marry Muslim men.
It gets worse. A Muslim man can divorce his wife by repudiating her;
he has no obligation to support a former wife, or her children after
the divorce; women are prohibited from divorcing a husband without his
consent; abuse is not grounds for a woman to end a marriage; in matters
of inheritance, sons are entitled to twice as much of an estate as
Divorced women must remain single. If they remarry, they can lose
custody of their children. There is no similar requirement for a man.
Child custody often reverts to the father at a preset age, even if the
father has been abusive.
It is impossible to reconcile this antiquated "law" with English
law, so what could Lord Phillips mean when he says Shariah law can be
used in Muslim communities so long as such laws comply with English
law? This will mean English law must become subordinate to Shariah law.
This is Dhimmitude, an Islamic system of religious apartheid begun in
the seventh century that forces all other religions and cultures to
accept an inferior status once Muslims become the majority.
Maryland's Court of Appeals recently denied a Shariah divorce to a
Pakistani man. The man's wife of 20 years had filed for divorce. To
circumvent having to share their $2 million estate and other marital
assets, he went to the Pakistani Embassy and applied for an Islamic
divorce. The man wanted to invoke what is known as talaq, in which the
husband says, "I divorce you" three times and it's done.
The Maryland court said, "If we were to affirm the use of talaq,
controlled as it is by the husband, a wife, a resident of this state,
would never be able to consummate a divorce action filed by her in
which she seeks a division of marital property" and the talaq "directly
deprives the wife of the due process she is entitled to when she
initiates divorce litigation. The lack and deprivation of due process
is itself contrary to [Maryland's] public policy."
British Muslims who wish to live under Shariah law might have stayed
in the countries from which they came - or return to them. But their
objective appears to be domination of England, not assimilation. This
also seems to be the goal for Muslims in other countries with large and
growing Muslim populations.
There is no due process under Shariah law. Lord Phillips has signed
the death warrant for his nation if his opinion becomes the law of
England. It's one thing to fight a war and lose it. It's quite another
to willingly surrender without a struggle.