Britain Adopts Islamic Law, Gives Sharia Courts Full Power to Rule on Civil Cases

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4749183.ece

This is VERY scarry! I sure hope this NEVER happens here. Our laws are our laws, to have a parrallell law system....TROUBLE!!

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<p>It already has happened ...

It already has happened and is happening here every day.

What is described in that story would be very alarming indeed if not for this -

"Under the act, the sharia courts are classified as arbitration tribunals. The rulings of arbitration tribunals are binding in law, provided that both parties in the dispute agree to give it the power to rule on their case.

...The act allows disputes to be resolved using alternatives like tribunals. This method is called alternative dispute resolution, which for Muslims is what the sharia courts are.”

And yet, in the very next paragraph the author makes the claim "Muslim courts have legal powers in Britain".

No, they don't. They ONLY have power IF You Choose To Give Them Power. This is no different than our system of arbitration here in the U.S. except that if you choose to enter into impartial binding arbitration here it is supposed to be just that, impartial and separate from religion or other outside influence. Where this new thing in the U.K. varies only in that IF you choose to enter into that system it is religion based.

So, if you disagree, don't enter into it and it would never affect you.

Then again, I still see some cause for concern. I would not want it here. It just isn't alarming to the degree that some are making it out to be. After all, we still allow something almost identical here on "our" soil with Native Americans and there are other examples as well, yes, even religious based ones.

I gotta agree with WA - if ...

I gotta agree with WA - if you want to live by that rule, live in that country. It's like all the people that move up here to Alaska and want to change how things run. No, we're not going to stop our predator control programs, if you don't like them GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM. No, we're not going to change how WE have always done things because you like how things were done where YOU CAME FROM better.

It sounds to me that if you don't go to that court, then it has no power over you though. In other words, if you go to that court, expect to live by the decisions it makes. If you go to a normal court instead, then live by that decision? Am I right or am I misunderstanding it?

LOL!

LOL!