Sharia: On Feminism, Secularism and Human Rights


Before I descend head first into the froth and frivolity of the 30th Annual Toronto International Film Festival, I'm going to take a moment for one more short rant. One more kick at the can for feminism, secularism and human rights.

Lest I give anyone the impression that the only elected officials who screw up reside South of the Canadian border, on Tuesday Premiere Dalton McGuinty said women’s rights ‘will not be compromised’ if Ontario allows Muslims to use Sharia law to settle family legal matters such as divorce and child custody. I don't buy it.

Sharia is the Arabic word for Islamic law, also known as the Law of Allah. Islam classically draws no distinction between religious and secular life. Hence Sharia covers not only religious rituals, but many aspects of day-to-day life, politics, economics, banking, business or contract law, and social issues.

Canada has always been a welcoming place. A tolerant place. a place where persecuted people can come and find safety and a better life. All indications are that Sharia inherently conflicts with the basic freedoms guaranteed Canadians.

The government of Ontario is now set to legitimize oppression, inequality and injustice in the name of respecting other cultures. Turns out there can be such a thing as "too tolerant".

I'm no constitutional scholar or theological expert but I'm left to wonder - whatever happened to the seperation of Church and State?

Good news!

September 12, 2005

McGuinty says 'No' to sharia law

In a surprise announcement that caught both supporters and opponents of sharia law off guard, Premier Dalton McGuinty says he will move quickly to ban all religious arbitration in the province.

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