Dear Mr. Baker,
As you may well be aware, The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords last week which aims to reduce the power and influence of sharia tribunals and courts in Britain; as an atheist and ex-Muslim I am a supporter of ‘One Law for All’ and the National Secular Society, who have spoken out in its support as it signifies an important recognition of the injustices being perpetrated against women in religious tribunals in Britain. It further represents a strong assertion of the value of a single legal system and the protection of the rights and equality of women. Read more about the bill here.
Debate at House of Commons concerning Sharia
I am writing to you as my Member of Parliament to ask that you attend a discussion on sharia, and its practice under the power of the Arbitration Act 1996. I believe that you were sent a copy of the book ‘Sharia Law in Britain; A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights’. Here is the copy of the letter sent jointly with the National Secular Society.
I would strongly urge you to attend this important debate. As an ex-Muslim I am well aware that Sharia operates in a way which is not in the public interest and, indeed, conflicts with the Human Rights Act as it discriminates against women and children in belief and practices. For example, under sharia, the testimony of a woman is worth only half of a man, and fathers get child custody rights regardless of the circumstances of the case. I would also like to highlight what seems to be a growing campaign among sharia advocates to effectively decriminalise domestic violence for Muslims in Britain.
The discussion will take place in the House of Commons from 6-8pm on Tuesday June 28 and will be chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.