Carol Platt Liebau: Sharia Law In Britain?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Sharia Law In Britain?

In yet another poorly-thought-out comment, the Archbishop of Canterbury (head of the Episcopal Church) called for the recognition of sharia law in Britain.

The ignorance of such an approach is breathtaking -- clearly, the Archbishop is so open-minded that his brains are falling out.

What he obviously doesn't understand is that western society -- and the values of equality, tolerance and other values purportedly cherished by liberals like him -- is the legacy of Christianity. As Dinesh D'Souza, author of "What's So Great About Christianity" has pointed out eloquently,

Consider finally modern notions of human rights — the right to freedom of conscience, or to property, or to marry and form a family, or to be treated equally before the law — as enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The universalism of this declaration is based on the particular teachings of Christianity. The premise is that all human lives have equal dignity and worth, but this is not the teaching of all the world's cultures and religions.

He's right. By entertaining the notion of moving away from a western legal system that is based on (but not ruled by) Christianity, the Archbishop not only undermines the faith he has supposedly devoted his life to; he also endangers the liberal convictions that seem in his case to take precedence before any religious beliefs.


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