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Erkebispen av Canterbury, Rowan Williamson, mener britene må godta sharia-lover. Uttalelsen har utløst ramaskrik. Erkebispen sier prinsippet om likhet for loven kan være farlig, når folk har ulike lojaliter. Kulturminister Andy Burnham sier erkebiskopen inviterer til kaos.

Det var i et intervju med BBC torsdag at Williamson kom med uttalelsene som høstet storm. Erkebispen sier fredag at han er sjokkert over voldsomheten i reaksjonene.

Han mente å si at når det først var slik at noen fulgte andre regler, så kunne man like godt prøve å inkorporere det, for å unngå sosial splittelse.

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to «face up to the fact» that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

He says Muslims should not have to choose between «the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty».

Snudd på hodet

Williamson sier at det prinsipp at loven er lik for alle, er farlig. Det er en mildt sagt oppsiktsvekkende uttalelse fra overhodet for den anglikanske kirke.

But Dr Williams said an approach to law which simply said «there’s one law for everybody and that’s all there is to be said, and anything else that commands your loyalty or allegiance is completely irrelevant in the processes of the courts – I think that’s a bit of a danger».

«There’s a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law, as we already do with some other aspects of religious law.»

Andre lojaliteter

Erkebispen sier at det er et faktum at folk har andre lojaliteter ut over loven. Hvorfor ikke ta utgangspunkt i det og forsøke å jobbe med disse referansene på en konstruktiv måte, synes han å mene.

«That principle that there is only one law for everybody is an important pillar of our social identity as a western democracy,» he said.

«But I think it is a misunderstanding to suppose that means people don’t have other affiliations, other loyalties which shape and dictate how they behave in society and that the law needs to take some account of that.»


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