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Archbishop sharia update

The British tradition of protecting individual rights under law is the oldest and strongest in the West, excepting the United States, which inherited English Common Law.

"By proposing to concede a permanent role to extralegal violence in the political life of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury pushed his phlegmatic countrymen over the edge. No one is better than the British at pretending that problems really aren't there, but once their spiritual leader admits to an alien source of coercion and proposes to legitimize it, they understand that a limit has been reached."

There is a critical difference between permitting some flexibility for religious practices within the larger society and encouraging separate, and potentially inconsistent, legal systems for different parts of the population. Toleration suggests an exception to the norm. Interposing alternative legal rules, and institutions to administer them, creates competing norms. In effect, one part of the body politic secedes from the other parts with regard to certain aspects of national life.”

Interposing alternative legal rules, and institutions to administer them, creates
personal disaster for the people so tolerant they tolerate the intolerable.

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