Archbishop Says Muslim Law in Britain "Unavoidable"

Issue Date: May/June 2008

"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population [Muslim immigrants] which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts," Bardot said.

As the Muslim population grows in the Western World, the clash of cultures is becoming more obvious.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, recently suggested that it was "unavoidable" that some aspects of Muslim Sharia law would be adopted in Britain. Sharia is government law based on the Qur`an.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was quick to chastise Williams. "Our general position is that sharia law cannot be used as a justification for committing breaches of English law," Brown`s office countered. 

For a glimpse of how English laws and Sharia laws collide, one need only look at nations under strict Islamic law.  Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, are examples where Sharia law condones: forced marriages, multiple wives, 99 lashes for adultery, and execution by family members for leaving Islam.

Recently in Scotland, a Muslim restaurant owner was about to lose his license for speeding. He pleaded undue hardship because his two wives lived in different towns and he had to spend every other night with them. An exemption was granted.

In February, the British government cleared the way for husbands of multiple wives to claim welfare benefits for all their partners. Though bigamy is outlawed, Muslim men have never been prosecuted who brought more than one wife when they immigrated. The government estimates there are at least 1000 polygamous marriages in Britain. Authorities are also having to deal with honor killings and forced marriages, allowable in Islam, but contrary to Western laws.

It is increasingly obvious that Islamic law and laws based on biblical morality are miles apart. Another Muslim practice is called Mutaah or Urfi, a short-term, temporary "marriage" that can last for a few weeks, a few days or even hours. To Westerners this looks too much like prostitution but it is considered legal in Islam.

Western courts are struggling in other ways with this "culture shock." In France, retired actress Brigitte Bardot is facing a fine of thousands of Euros for publicly stating that the Muslim community is "destroying our country and imposing its acts." She is being charged with "inciting racial hatred" and has already been fined four other times for speaking out against Muslim practices.

Christians must not be afraid to speak out against Islam.  Would you rather be "politically incorrect" or see your daughter in a "short-term marriage" to a Muslim immigrant.

Muslim leaders have lost their fear of sending people to the U.S.  They no longer worry that they will be won to Christ. Soul winners, they need to begin worrying again!

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