18 May 2011

Australian Government gives short shrift to sharia–lite appeal from Muslims

.... McClelland is keen to assert Australia’s position as a “stable democracy” where “rule of law” underpins society.

People who migrate to Australia do so because of the fact that we have a free, open and tolerant society where men and woman are equal before the law irrespective of race, religious or cultural background.

But the AFIC argues that Muslims should enjoy “legal pluralism”.

The organisation’s President, Ikebal Adam Patel, who wrote the submission, nominated family law and specifically divorce as an area where moderate interpretations of sharia could co-exist within the Australian legal system. [The Freethinker] Read more