All in the family
What has British experience with Sharia in family law been so far? Is it ok to allow marriages by telephone? What about polygamy? Can there be kissing cousins? And looking further afield, are you safe from Sharia in the grave? I look at the question at Pajamas Media. Here's an excerpt:
Sharia law may intrude upon family matters even beyond the grave. The China Post reports how an ethnic Chinese man is “battling Malaysian authorities who snatched the body of his father after saying he had embraced Islam before he died”. His father was “buried as Muslim after an Islamic Sharia court in Negeri Sembilan ruled that the man converted to Islam” in 2007. But his family says this is impossible since the deceased had been paralyzed from a stroke and unable to speak since 2006. Authorities nevertheless claimed he had made a deathbed declaration in Arabic and referenced conversion papers which the relatives say are unsigned. A civil court rejected the family bid to declare Gan a Buddhist, saying it had no jurisdiction over Islamic cases. The son protested, “we are not Muslims, why should we go to Sharia court?”
Nothing so nearly touches on the real fabric of society as family law. In his desire for circumspection, Rowan Williams may have accidentally focused on the most sensitive issues of all. By highlighting the changes to the family life British society would have to accept to "get along" he has accidentally put the spotlight where differences stand out in greatest contrast.