Last week the Scotsman published an article telling us that there are ‘secret’ talks between some Islamic scholars and sharia leading lights in Britain, and probably officials to set up sharia courts in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Now, as the paper itself shows, opinions are divided as to wheaten this is a good idea or not (but from the reactions and comments to the article, the majority of readers strongly objects to this – I have no intention to discuss the possible reasons for these reactions). On Friday last week the paper also published the Church of Scotland official reactions to the news, trough the words of Ian Galloway, the convenor of the Church and Society Council. In the article Ian seems to endorse the development, but with a number of clarifications.
What it seems to me that we see here is not really the proposal of a full blown Sharia courts, but rather a sort of civil ‘informal’ system that might help settle disputations within a faith group trough their principles. It is in no way, it seems to me, to be a system that is parallel to the Scottish legal one.
But even if this is true, is there a justification for those courts? But then are thse laws any different to the ‘Church of Scotland Laws’?