Secularism - Anti-Sharia campaign launched
WORKERS, JANUARY 2009 ISSUE
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN Rights Day, 10 December 2008, saw the launch, ironically at the House of Lords, of the “One Law for All Campaign against Sharia law” in Britain.
The campaign, supported by the Council of Ex-Muslims, women’s organisations, secular organisations, equality organisations, numerous MPs, Lords and others, calls upon the government to ban the practising of Sharia law courts and religious tribunals.
The campaign demonstrates that Sharia law and religious tribunals are discriminatory against women and children, and undermine British law and civil rights. It also shows that the functioning of these tribunals creates even greater segregation of minorities within Britain as they promote an insular apartheid mentality.
According to campaign organiser Maryam Namazie, “Even in civil matters, Sharia law is discriminatory, unfair and unjust, particularly against women and children. Moreover, its voluntary nature is a sham; many women will be pressured into going to these courts and abiding by their decisions.”
The English Civil War, fought over 350 years ago, stopped religious courts and religious bigotry. We cannot allow them to be smuggled back into Britain by pandering to religious obscurantists, medievalists and charlatans.
Visit the campaign website, www.onelawforall.org.uk.