Ban Sharia in Scotland and the UK sign now

The following was reported by the Edinburgh Evening News (Oct 2008)

Rev Ian Galloway, convener of the Church and Society Council, said sharia courts had been unfairly portrayed following the Archbishop of Canterburys comments in February that it seems unavoidable that parts of Islamic sharia law would be adopted in the UK.

Yesterday, The Scotsman revealed the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was holding secret talks with lawyers and community groups about setting up sharia courts north of the Border.

To suggest unfairly portrayed following the Archbishop of Canterburys comments in February is both patronising and wrong

Sharia would being into this country-

These include, for example, the forced marriages of young girls, the genital mutilation of young girls, the execution of homosexuals, and the stoning of rape victims (who are commonly considered to be adulterers by Islamic courts). Any negative reference to such practices now falls under the umbrella of Islamophobia.

amongst other things. along with-

In March 2008, OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) held a two-day summit in Senegal, where it demanded legal sanctions against all forms of free expression that could be interpreted as criticism of Islam including the work of cartoonists, film producers, reporters, politicians, and governments. I dont think freedom of expression should mean freedom from [charges of] blasphemy explained Senegal president and OIC chairman Abdoulaye Wade. There can be no freedom without limits.

At this 2008 summit, OIC issued a 58-page report enumerating a host of real, perceived, and alleged claims of Islamophobia. These included negative news stories about Muslims or Islamic practices, even accounts that were entirely accurate. Some of the specific incidents classified as Islamophobic included:

* Wikipedias refusal to obey the Muslim demand to remove all depictions of the Prophet Mohammed from its English language website

* a news report accurately stating that Muslims in Qatar, outraged by the recent opening of a non-Muslim house of worship in their country, were demanding a ban against any further construction of such churches

* the fact that Florida\s Attorney General had shown the movie Obsession, which warned about the deadly ambitions of radical Islam, to his staff

* the fact that the European Union had asked Iran to stop imposing the death penalty for the crimes of apostasy, heresy, and witchcraft

Quite apart from creating a separate legal system in this country it would end equality before the law; the right to a fair trial; freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; and freedom of opinion and expression.

For these reasons should be deemed illegal and banned in this country.

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