From the UK Times:
Only 10 sharia courts there? One would have assumed there were more:
Ten currently operate across the country, with around 95 per cent of their cases relating to matrimonial issues.
Although the hearings have no basis in British law, they are attended voluntarily by Muslim couples to settle disputes without referral to the recognised authorities.
In some cases they can order wives to be more attentive to their husbands’ needs, or deal with releasing spouses from bad or forced marriages.
The first Muslim court was established in Birmingham in 1982 and others have followed in London and the Yorkshire towns of Rotherham and Dewsbury.
Although most of those who attend are from the Indian sub-continent, Sharia courts are also popular among those from Arab and Somalian backgrounds.
So will the openeing ceremonies in London required burkhas for women? One simply speculates based on trends.
The Daily Mail reports that:
Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.
Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School, near Stoke-on-Trent – which included wearing Muslim headgear – was a breach of their human rights.
and the yadda yadda comes fast and furious. The school has a beautiful answer that proves what happened:
A statement from Cheshire County Council on behalf of the school read: “The headteacher David Black contacted this authority immediately complaints were received.
“Enquiries are being made into the circumstances as a matter of urgency and all parents will be informed accordingly.
“Educating children in the beliefs of different faith is part of the diversity curriculum on the basis that knowledge is essential to understanding.
“We accept that such teaching is to be conducted with some sense of sensitivity.”
So we can translate that as, yes this happened and we are furious that all you yokels found out about it. Here’s a little thought experiment – just what would be the reaction should Muslims be punished for not wearing a crucifix and kneeling to pray to Jesus?
Yes – we all know what would happen – including one of the parents quoted in the article:
“But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.”
Brings us this little item:
An eight-year-old girl decided last week to go the Sana’a West Court to prosecute her father, who forced her to marry a 30-year-old man.
Nojoud Muhammed Nasser arrived at court by herself on Wednesday, April 2, looking for a judge to handle her case against her father, Muhammed Nasser, who forced her two months ago to marry Faez Ali Thamer, a man 22 years her senior. The child also asked for a divorce, accusing her husband of sexual and domestic abuse.
I guess we should be glad that its actually against the law in Yemen for children to be married of this young. However, its apparently not a big deal to her father, uncle, mother, aunt or anyone who might actually have the guts to stand against this kind of crap:
According to Yemeni law, Nojoud cannot prosecute, as she is underage. However, court judge Muhammed Al-Qathi heard her complaint and subsequently ordered the arrests of both her father and husband.
“My father beat me and told me that I must marry this man, and if I did not, I would be raped and no law and no sheikh in this country would help me. I refused but I couldn’t stop the marriage,” Nojoud Nasser told the Yemen Times. “I asked and begged my mother, father, and aunt to help me to get divorced. They answered, ‘We can do nothing. If you want you can go to court by yourself.’ So this is what I have done,” she said.
And isn’t the “husband” just one lovely example?
“Whenever I wanted to play in the yard he beat me and asked me to go to the bedroom with him. This lasted for two months,” added Nasser. “He was too tough with me, and whenever I asked him for mercy, he beat me and slapped me and then used me. I just want to have a respectful life and divorce him.”
The court won’t give her back to her family since there is obviously a suspicion that they would just do this again. But here’s the worst sentence in the story:
Nasser confirmed that Nojoud Nasser’s case is not the first of its kind in Yemen, but it is the first time that a girl went to court by herself to ask for a divorce.
And here come 10 thought-police to arrest a cartoonist:
A Dutch publisher says a well-known political cartoonist has been arrested on suspicion of violating hate speech laws with his work.
A spokeswoman for Uitgeverij Xtra said Friday that the cartoonist who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot was arrested Tuesday and held overnight before being released.
“He was arrested with a great show of force, by around 10 policemen,” the spokeswoman said. She asked that her name not be used because the cartoonist and publisher have received death threats.
You need 10 cops to round up one cartoonist? What, you couldn’t just send over the local jihadi-boys to complete the process and behead him instead?
Funny – I can’t find anything on the liberal blogs about the outrage at this blatant suppression of free speech. But then its somebody who is criticizing Muslims, so that’s OK. Of course if it had been some anti-American Bush-basher they would be up in arms because it matters what you are thinking about whether you should be thrown in jail–this we all know.
However, it seems that this father and son didn’t get the memo:
A stunned dad and his little boy were banned from swimming at a popular public sports centre – because they are not Muslims.
The man, known only as David T, and his 10-year-old son were stopped from going into the pool at Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington, east London.
Last night embarrassed management at the complex said staff were wrong to turn customers away from the designated ‘men-only modesty session’ on Sunday morning.
The council says the special early-morning get-togethers are aimed at community groups who have strict rules on segregation.
“Community groups”? Wow, it seems like the staff knew what the bias was – Muslims only – but the PR flunky for the taxpayer supported swimming hole couldn’t actually force those words out of his little dhimmi mouth.
And it wasn’t just one person there who refused them entry:
David T said: “I arrived at the pool to discover that they were holding what staff described to me as ‘Muslim men-only swimming’.
“I asked whether my son and I could go as we were both male. I was told that the session was for Muslims only and that we could not be admitted.
“I asked to speak to the duty manager, who confirmed that this was the case.”
He added: “I asked what would happen if I turned up and insisted I was Muslim.
“The manager suggested that they might ask the Muslims swimming if they minded my son and I swimming with them.
“If they didn’t object, we might be allowed in.”
If you live in Britain you had better start sticking your butt in the air 5 times a day or you are going to be targeted for elimination. Its just a matter of time.
Noted by the ever-watchful BlameBush blog:
In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 23, twelve Muslim men met quietly at a mosque in the Iraqi province of Diyala, perhaps to bid their final farewells to friends and family. Their nose hairs trimmed, monobrows plucked, and testicles cleanly shaven in accordance with Holy Quran, they had prepared themselves to make a dignified journey into the afterlife. Suddenly, and without even reading them their rights, Coalition Forces stormed the building and gunned them down in cold blood.
Where is the outrage?
Most of us would be appalled if U.S. soldiers burst in and mowed down our ailing grandmother just as Dr. Kevrokian was hooking her up to his wonderful gizmo. Yet no one bats an eye when it happens to TWELVE innocent – and let’s not forget suicidal men. If the gung-ho, trigger-happy, baby-killing fascists had just practiced a little self-restraint and waited another hour or two, they could’ve saved themselves a lot of time and valuable ammo. But thanks to our troops, twelve members of the Muslim community were denied Death With Dignity, and 876 virgins are now standing in the unemployment line.
Saudi Arabia? Tajikistan? No – England:
Members of the clergy are being advised to take off their dog collars when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked.
National Churchwatch, which provides personal safety advice, says vicars are attacked more often than professions such as GPs and probation officers.
The organisation’s Nick Tolson said all clergy should consider the advice, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the past decade, five vicars have been murdered.
And a 2001 academic study also found that 12% of clergy had suffered some form of violence.
In a survey of 90 London clergy Mr Tolson carried out last year, nearly half said they had been attacked in the previous 12 months.
One vicar, from Willesden, north-west London, said his vicarage had been machine-gunned – but still did not believe he had experienced violence.
I don’t know about you – but I would consider being machine-gunned as experiencing violence. Its like these liberal twits in the C of E WANT to be gunned down.
But just what are they trying to hide in this little factoid:
Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was set upon by three Asian youths shouting anti-Christian abuse when he confronted them for rowdy behaviour outside St George-in-the-East church in Shadwell, leaving him with two black eyes and cuts and bruises.
His wife, Janina Ainsworth, 56, took Palm Sunday services yesterday after Canon Ainsworth was re-admitted to hospital for his injuries. She said: “It is obvious that it does contain a religious element.
Asian yoooofs? Chinese? Japanese? Mongolian? Well, we do get some idea about the meaning of Asian from the vicar’s wife:
“Normally community relations here are very good. We have had very strong messages of support from the East London Mosque and Tower Hamlets Mosque with whom we’ve got good relations.
“Clearly the Muslim community is very shocked. These individuals were under the influence and this was a random act.”
Now why would the mosques be sending messages of support? Perhaps Asian is code for Pakistani? Clearly its code for Muslim. But the whole thing wasn’t really a surprise:
Gravestones in nearby St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney are also regularly vandalised and locals say drink and drugs problems, combined with religious differences, fuel the attacks.
Parishioner Susan Crocker said: “It is not out of the blue, they broke the glass last Easter – it’s a recurrent problem.”
At this point I am almost certain that I will see St. Paul’s converted into a mosque before I kick the bucket. They will probably leave Westminster Abby alone as some sort of English history museum, but there won’t be any crosses or anything “Christian” allowed in there.
England is lost as a Western, Christian country.