Op-Ed: Islam is as British as the Gray Sky of London
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly...
Four departments of the government (Labor and Pensions, Treasury , Revenue and Customs, Ministry of the Interior) have recognized polygamy.
“Islam is British like grey sky”
In 1215, Britain enacted the “Magna Charta Libertatum”. It is the basis of the UK legal system which protects individual rights.
800 years later, for the first time, that glorious legal system is changing face. It is now an experiment unique in the world, the hybridation of the Magna Charta and Islam. This is not Londonstan or Islamisation, the multicultural ghettos or threats, but Islam injected into the most important sectors of the country’s government: law, education and finance.
Given the high rate of Islamic presence in England, sharia, or Islamic law, will now be used by notaries and lawyers. The initiative comes from the Law Society. Baroness Cox, a member of the House of Lords who has always been engaged in campaigns for the protection of women against discrimination, asserts emphatically that these latest developments “would turn suffragettes in their graves”.
Sharia in the UK has become so powerful that 85 Islamic courts in the country operate daily in familial disputes. The advent of this parallel system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the Alternative Dispute Resolution. These courts, it must be stressed, are based on the rejection of the principle of the inviolability of human rights.
The main Islamic courts are located in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton, the very hearts of the great British Muslim community. The first of these courts was established in 1982 in east London under the leadership of Suhaib Hasan, a prominent member of the European Council for Fatwa, the organization headed by Youssef Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
These courts formalize the “talaq”, the Islamic repudiation of a wife by her husband. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservative leader of the Islamic faith, calls it “apartheid”.
Meanwhile, four departments of the government (Labor and Pensions, Treasury , Revenue and Customs, Ministry of the Interior) have recognized polygamy. Although the practice is illegal in England and Wales since 1604, the polygamous Muslims in the UK benefit from social privileges and are recognized by the public authorities.
One of the highest UK Justices, Sir James Munby as well as Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and the former Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, all are open to the use of Sharia in the UK legal system.
Islamic law is also advancing in public universities. The new guidelines of the university, under the item “External speakers in higher education institutions” prepared by the Committee on Universities, declared legitimate the Islamic fundamentalist campaign to separate women and men during university events. Many religious Jews also separate men and women at their events, but they have no plans to impose their way of life on others the way Muslims do.
A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans has also just be launched to allow Muslim students to go to university. The initiative comes from David Willetts, the Universities Minister.
A new report, entitled, “Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery”, also shows how officials in England and Wales were aware of Islamic child grooming, the process by which predators befriend and build trust with children in order to prepare them for sexual abuse by Muslim gangs. This has been going on since at least 1988. Why was it not stopped? Call it “cultural sensitivity”.
Last December, Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the World Islamic Economic Forum, launched the candidacy of London to vie for the title “capital of Islamic finance in the West”,with the announcement of the first Islamic bond, or “sukuk”, issued by a non-Muslim country.
The British government began to provide workers with Islamically correct pension funds. The Islamic Bank of Britain, which operates in accordance with Sharia, doesn’t invest in the tobacco and alcohol industries, or worse, pornography (Never mind child grooming and similar Islamist activities).
Even the London Stock Exchange is preparing an Islamic index “to facilitate the identification of Sharia based investments”.
Because as the former mayor of the City Alderman Roger Gifford said, “Islamic finance should be as British as fish and chips and the gray sky of London”.
One day, when landing at Heathrow airport, we will wonder whether the UK is still Winston Churchill’s country or whether it has become a surreal and ridiculous mix of Sharia and Spice Girls.