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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Imagine Jane Austen's England under sharia law

By Aussiegirl

The author of this alarming article converted to Christianity from Islam--and mentions that in some Islamic countries apostasy is punishable by death. Given his backgound he's in a good position to make accurate observations about the current state of cultural health in England--and the prognosis is not good at all.

Telegraph | News | 'The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state'

For the past two weeks, Patrick Sookhdeo has been canvassing the opinions of Muslim clerics in Britain on the row over the cartoons featuring images of Mohammed that were first published in Denmark and then reprinted in several other European countries.

"They think they have won the debate," he says with a sigh. "They believe that the British Government has capitulated to them, because it feared the consequences if it did not.

[...] Dr Sookhdeo adds that he believes that "in a decade, you will see parts of English cities which are controlled by Muslim clerics and which follow, not the common law, but aspects of Muslim sharia law.

"It is already starting to happen - and unless the Government changes the way it treats the so-called leaders of the Islamic community, it will continue."

[...] Islamic clerics do not believe in a society in which Islam is one religion among others in a society ruled by basically non-religious laws. They believe it must be the dominant religion - and it is their aim to achieve this.

"That is why they do not believe in integration. In 1980, the Islamic Council of Europe laid out their strategy for the future - and the fundamental rule was never dilute your presence. That is to say, do not integrate

[...] "If the Government does not do all of those things then I fear for the future, because Islamic communities within Britain will form a state within a state. Religion will occupy an ever-larger place in our collective political life. And, speaking as a religious man myself, I fear that outcome."


At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was an excellent article you linked to.
An excerpt stood out for me:
"They simply do not realize how seriously Muslims take their religion. Islamic clerics regard themselves as locked in mortal combat with secularism.

"For example, one of the fundamental notions of a secular society is the moral importance of freedom, of individual choice. But in Islam, choice is not allowable: there cannot be free choice about whether to choose or reject any of the fundamental aspects of the religion, because they are all divinely ordained. God has laid down the law, and man must obey.
This is why I have said on my own blog that freedom and Islam are not compatible. It's proving out that in any country that Muslims have emigrated to, they do not integrate well. In any country where Sharia is law, the state is the religion and vice versa. Iraq as an experiment in democracy will eventually fail if it remains under Sharia.


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