Barry Artiste Op.Ed
Here is a story, on how close the vote was to pass Sharia Law in Ontario, Canada. In light of the recent laws being considered in Afghanistan regarding taking away Afghani Womens rights, Sharia Law is also a law written by men for men, with little regard for women. Yes, many will counter and say, but Barry, that is not true, this would never happen in Canada? Yeah, England thought it wouldn't happen there either!
As far as I am concerned the separation of church and state must be enforced, as we all know, there is no equality in Religious circles when women are concerned.
McGuinty rules out use of sharia law in Ontario http://my.nowpublic.com/world/u-n-says-a...
Updated Mon. Sep. 12 2005 11:31 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says there will be no sharia law in his province and that he will move to ban all faith-based arbitrations.
Seeking to end months of debate, McGuinty said he would not let his province become the first Western government to allow the use of Islamic law to settle family disputes and that the boundaries between church and state would become clearer by banning religious arbitration completely.
"There will be no Shariah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians," McGuinty told The Canadian Press.
The proposal to let Ontario residents use Islamic law for settling family disputes drew protests Thursday in Canada and at some of its diplomatic sites across Europe.
Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, has allowed Catholic and Jewish faith-based tribunals to settle family law matters such as divorce on a voluntary basis since 1991.
The practice got little attention until Muslim leaders demanded the same rights.