Friday, 8 February 2008


The Archbishop of Canterbury has advised that giving certain elements of Sharia Law official status could ease social cohesion in Britain. Now, it could well be the media are taking his words out of context, but can he really be serious?
The Archbishop seems to mis-understand the basic premise of law, freedom and democracy. This is that all are equal under the law. Okay, it often doesn’t work like that – the rich certainly are more ‘equal’ than the poor in this regard – but one law for all must be absolute.
As a basic ideal, it cannot be bettered. And whether an element of Sharia Law would make Muslims happier or not is irrelevant. For once you begin messing with fundamental elements of our system, you end up with chaos.

© Anthony North, February 2008

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