Not Islam v. Christianity, but Islam v. Humanism in Britain

July 5, 2009

Headlines from the UK collide. First, a bishop of the Church of England predicts its demise within a generation, in an article in the Sunday Telegraph [ read the   article here ].

Second, the   UK think-tank Civitas has published a report by Denis MacEoin titled     Sharia Law or ‘One Law For All’?        MacEoin reveals how sharia law courts operating in Britain are making rulings that violate the humanistic values of the Enlightenment which supply the foundations of modern codes of human rights.  The UK   National Secular Society offers a   thoughtful commentary . Also visit   One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain .

This clash is no simple religious clash. Christianity is more and more irrelevant in Europe. Political Islam (the demand that sharia law prevail) is colliding with Political Humanism (democratic rights and liberties come first). A prediction: Democracy will prevail. After all, emerging democracy survived the last potent theocracies of Christianity during the 18th and 19th centuries. The separation of church and state will prove its enduring value once again. Basic rights and liberties cannot depend on one’s tribal/ethnic/religious membership. But don’t forget that independence works both ways: the government   cannot suppress choice of affiliation , either.