Public officials in two corners of the Anglosphere are publicly stating the obvious: Western societies are nations of laws, and there is no room in a modern liberal democracy for Sharia law.
From the BBC:
Sir Trevor told ITV1’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme: “What some minorities have to accept is that there are certain central things we all agree about, which are about the way we treat each other.
“That we have an attachment to democracy, that we sort things out by voting not by violence and intimidation, that we tolerate things that we don’t like.”
And that commitment to freedom of expression should also allow Muslim preachers to make comments about homosexuality that are offensive to broad segments of the British population, he said.
There were several large protests held in London over the cartoons
“One point of Britishness is that people can say what they like about the way we should live, however absurd, however unpopular it is,” said Sir Trevor.
He also rejected the idea of Shariah law in Muslim communities in the UK.
“We have one set of laws. They are decided on by one group of people, members of Parliament, and that’s the end of the story.
“Anybody who lives here has to accept that’s the way we do it. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else,” he said.
ANYONE who believes Islamic sharia law can co-exist with Australian law should move to a country where they feel more comfortable, Treasurer Peter Costello said today.
All Australian citizens must adhere to the framework in society which maintains tolerance and protects the rights and liberties of all, he said. It is a pre-condition for citizenship of Australia.
Mr Costello was giving a speech on the meaning of Australian citizenship to the Sydney Institute.
“There is one law we are all expected to abide by,” Mr Costello said.
“It is the law enacted by the Parliament under the Australian Constitution.
“If you can’t accept that, then you don’t accept the fundamentals of what Australia is and what it stands for.”
Mr Costello, the son of a Methodist lay preacher and who was raised a Baptist, emphasised that Australia is a secular state under which the freedom of all religions is protected.
“But there is not a separate stream of law derived from religious sources that competes with or supplants Australian law in governing our civil society,” he said.
“The source of our law is the democratically elected legislature.
Mark Steyn wrote another great column yesterday in the Chicago Sun-Times. Powerline and Instapundit both commented on the murders of Jews in France, by Muslims, and the recent demonstrations there against violence.
Somthing different in Steyn’s column struck me:
Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well:
”We won’t stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.”
Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984. Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it’s in the grip of sharia, and the other half’s feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates. But just as telling is how swiftly the developed world has internalized an essentially Islamic perspective. In their pitiful coverage of the low-level intifada that’s been going on in France for five years, the European press has been barely any less loopy than the Middle Eastern media.
It’s a good thing that this is breaking into the news in France, and presumably Europe at large. But what they’re not doing is talking openly about the problem, which is what Mr. Costello in Australia and Sir Trevor of the UK are now doing. There has been a low level intifada going on in France for years now, and no one wants to admit the reason why: Muslim immigrants do not want to integrate with France or Europe, they want their own set of rules. And when there are conflicts involving Muslim immigrants and Western ways, no one wants to be politically incorrect and admit that the source of the problem is often because the Muslims have clashed with Western values. And there you have the cartoon intifada in all its glory.