And this from Dhimmi Jack! Of course, he gets himself off the hook by explaining to Muslims that “the arguments against creating a parallel system of Sharia law in Britain were ‘overwhelming.'” Read: “It’s not my fault!” Still, he did say the right thing; good for you, Jack.
“Jack Straw: Muslim courts will ALWAYS remain subservient to English law,” by James Slack for the Daily Mail, October 30:
Muslim courts will always remain ‘subservient’ to English law, Jack Straw declared last night.
In a speech to an Islamic conference, the Justice Secretary said the arguments against creating a parallel system of Sharia law in Britain were ‘overwhelming’.
His remarks come less than a week after one of his junior ministers, Bridget Prentice, appeared to clear Islamic courts to deal with family and divorce disputes, including how a Muslim couple divide their money and property and who gets the children.
Mr Straw said that – while courts could consider a Sharia ruling – they would make their own judgments on the welfare of the children.
Mr Straw, who is also Lord Chancellor, added: ‘It is ultimately up to the court to decide whether the agreement complies with English law. No court will endorse an agreement which conflicts with English law.’
In the strongest passage of last night’s speech, he continued: ‘There is nothing whatever in English law that prevents people abiding by Sharia principles if they wish to, provided they do not come into conflict with English law.
‘There is no question about that. But English law will always remain supreme, and religious councils subservient to it.’
Mr Straw earlier told the audience that ‘many dreadful things have been done in the name of mainstream religions. Barbaric practices such as stoning have been — quite wrongly — justified by reference to Islam, for instance’.
But he added: ‘Crucially, any member of a religious community — or indeed, any other community — has the right to refer to an English court, particularly if they feel pressured or coerced to resolve an issue in a way in which they feel uncomfortable.’…
Nice in theory, hard to implement in practice — especially for already subservient, broken women, terrified of questioning their men, let alone dragging them before infidel courts to reassess a sharia court ruling.