March 08, 2010

Australian Imam, Sharia in Australia Would Work

We'll just leave out the chopping parts:
ELEMENTS of Islamic law - the sharia - should be legally recognised in Australia so that Muslims can live according their faith, a prominent Muslim leader says.

But Dr Matthews said he was referring only to certain elements of family law and inheritance law and was not advocating the sharia penal system.

''I wasn't talking about sharia law in its entirety - we are not calling for the introduction of the penal system which calls for cutting off hands,'' he said.

Dr Matthews said a clash occurred in some custody matters. ''Under sharia law, if a couple divorce and the mother remarries, her former husband has the right to decide whether the children will live with the new husband or not,'' Dr Matthews said.

''There is still a preference for the child to go with the mother, but the father has the ultimate decision.

So see, there's nothing to worry about. Australians should be reassured enough by leaving out all the chopping and thrashing under Sharia that asking women to give up most of the rights afforded them under current law should hardly upset anyone.

Hat Tip: Some radical right wing extremist who is for equal rights for women and finds Sharia law oppressive to women.

By Howie at 10:14 AM | Comments |