Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sharia in the UK Redux: Unequal Justice

Yesterday I posted a discussion of the negative consequences of the integration of sharia law into the British legal system. That analysis, however, was written before I saw this, over at Breitbart London.

The article, published this past Thursday, examines a couple of recent disturbing examples of how Muslims (specifically Muslim women) appear to be receiving preferential treatment over non-Muslims under the law.

1) The UK has chosen to allow rape of an “Asian” girl to be sanctioned more severely than a similar crime committed against a white girl. On September 10, 2015, an appeals court agreed with a sentencing judge’s decision to impose a longer sentence on Jamal Muhammed Raheem Ul Nasir for sexually assaulting two underage “Asian” girls (at least one of whom was under age 13) because his victims allegedly suffered more than "white" girls would, due to the stigma of shame and lost honour within their community. This gives rapists a perverse incentive that, if they’re going to rape somebody, it’s better to rape a non-Muslim, because its potential consequences would be less severe.

2) In the name of cultural sensitivity, Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, said last April that Muslim women should be allowed to wear a veil in court, even when testifying. If Lord Neuberger has his way, the jury’s right to evaluate a witness’s demeanour will not apply when the witness is a veiled Muslim woman. Jurors will see only what she chooses to show them.

As the piece concludes:

Arguably, these exceptions are motivated, and may contribute to, subjugation of women as the property of their families (here, here, and here). The net effect is still to enshrine a version of Islamic mores in British law and to elevate Muslims over non-Muslims.

Indeed, And by extension, they enshrine sharia law in Britain.

Do you have any kind of strategy to combat this, Mr. Cameron?

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