Oh, Sir Trevor, you racist!
A welcome statement in the UK, echoing one that has already been made in Australia. Other non-Muslim states should follow suit.
“Muslims who want sharia law ‘should leave,'” from The Guardian, with thanks to John:
Muslims who wish to live under a system of sharia law should leave Britain, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality suggested yesterday.
Speaking in the wake of demonstrations against Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, Sir Trevor Phillips said those living in the UK had to accept that British values include a commitment to freedom of speech, even if that means offending people.
“What some minorities have to accept is that there are certain central things we all agree about, which are about the way we treat each other – that we have an attachment to democracy, that we sort things out by voting not by violence and intimidation, that we tolerate things that we don’t like,” he told ITV1’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme. “Short of people menacing and threatening each other, we have freedom of expression. We allow people to offend each other.”…
He rejected the idea that British Muslims should be allowed to live under sharia law in their communities. “I don’t think that’s conceivable,” he said. “We have one set of laws … and that’s the end of the story. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else.”…