The Archbishop of Canterbury recently suggested that having Sharia or Muslim law in the UK was ‘Unavoidable’. Christopher Hitchens, who is one of the most eloquent, thoughtful and principled writers out there weighed in on the subject. Suffice it to say the fellow Brit was not amused with the prospect of a joint judicial system in Britain…
The Archbishop of Canterbury is now facing demands to quit as the uproar over his comments has intensified.
Lord George Carey, Dr Williams’ predecessor, criticised his comments on sharia law and said that accepting the Islamic code would be a disaster for Britain.
Other leading bishops publicly contradicted Dr Rowan Williams’s call for Islamic law to be brought into the British legal system.
With the Church of England plunged into crisis, senior figures were said to be discussing the archbishop’s future.
One member of the church’s “Cabinet”, the Archbishop’s Council, was reported as saying: “There have been a lot of calls for him to resign. I don’t suppose he will take any notice, but, yes, he should resign.”
It was said that he could not believe the fury of the reaction. The most damaging attack came from the Pakistan-born Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali.
He said it would be “simply impossible” to bring sharia law into British law “without fundamentally affecting its integrity”.
Sharia “would be in tension with the English legal tradition on questions like monogamy, provisions for divorce, the rights of women, custody of children, laws of inheritance and of evidence.
“This is not to mention the relation of freedom of belief and of expression to provisions for blasphemy and apostasy.”
Hitchens is decidedly on the left and a devout atheist but has such integrity that his internal compass steers beyond ideology, and just listening to his prose makes me feel like a total retard. I recommend listening to anything this guy has to say, you’d learn a lot and he’s got a very good sense of humor.