Resisting the Archbishop
A year ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury caused a storm because he said that Sharia law was unavoidable in Britain.
Today he still does not understand how terrible this would be for Britain or for Muslim women were it to occur. Instead he takes a vain and perverse pleasure in feeling that today more "fairly senior people" agree with him.
But Douglas Murray, the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said:
"He has started a process which is deeply dangerous, damaging to Britain and to Muslim women in Britain.
"It was a wicked move because it undermines the progressives and gives succour to the extremists.
"How does the Archbishop of Canterbury know, sitting in Lambeth Palace, that a woman in Bolton has volunteered to give up half her inheritance to her brother?"
Neil Addison, a barrister who specialises in religious discrimination cases, said: "I think the Archbishop has failed to give a justification for sharia law. What's the advantage it would bring to British Muslims and to British law?
"I believe his speech was deeply harmful to British Muslims because it helps the separation of them from the rest of society."
Britain has one law common to all because that is the fairest and most enlightened way to operate. British Christians purchased with their lives the principle that no one is above or beyond Common Law, and that everyone must abide by its rules of fairness and equity. Grounded in individual rights and due process, Common Law protects the vulnerable, including minorities and women.
The Archbishop seems incapable of empathizing with women who are not recognized as the equals of men under Sharia. He should resign.