April 28, 2006

Separate laws for Muslims

Via Sweden's English language The Local:

Sweden's largest Muslim organisation has demanded that Sweden introduce separate laws for Muslims, according to Swedish television.

The Swedish Muslim Association, which represents around 70,000 Muslims in Sweden, has sent a letter to all Sweden's main political parties suggesting a number of reforms, SVT's Rapport programme reported.

The proposals include allowing imams into state (public) schools to give Muslim children separate lessons in Islam and their parents' native languages. The letter also said that boys and girls should have separate swimming lessons and that divorces between Muslims should be approved by an imam.

Now, the reaction by the Swedes may not be what you think:

The letter provoked an instant, and damning, response from integration and equality minister Jens Orback.

"We will not have separate laws in Sweden. In Sweden, we are all equal before the law. In Sweden, we have fought for a long time to achieve gender-neutral laws, and to propose that certain groups should not be treated like others is completely unacceptable."

Orback said he had spoken to representatives of the Swedish Muslim Council, and they did not support the association's position.

"We have freedom of speech, we have the right to opinions and we have the right to make proposals - but if a law is going to be changed, it must be the same for everyone."

Wow, an "integration and equality" minister? That might be a good idea for here in the US, especially the first part of that title, what with the current immigration flap and all.

But I digress. Here's what many wonder: Why do Muslims that want separate Muslim law for their own community still make their residence in Sweden -- or any other country (usually a Western one)?? Why do they not take up residence in a country that already has Islamic law, like Iran or Saudi Arabia? The answer is patently obvious, of course: Because those countries are brutal, authoritarian regimes. Why live there when you can take advantage of the West's many freedoms and possibly sue [into the fabric of a Western democracy] the right to utilize Muslim law for oneself, right?

I can yet already hear the complaints from the hypocrites: Here I am, being "anti-Muslim" again. Or "anti-immigrant." How dare I make a statement on how patently absurd the notion of separate laws for a particular group is in a Western democracy. It's just "hate" after all, right?

But no. Those are just the usual ridiculously silly remonstrations.

Posted by Hube at April 28, 2006 06:50 PM | TrackBack

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