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German Bishop Protests Against UK Sharia Comments

Bishop Huber said integration can’t be achieved through a dual legal system

As the Archbishop of Canterbury comes under fire for parts of Shariah law be applied in the UK, the head of Germany’s Protestant Church told Deutsche Welle a country needs a single legal system for everyone.

Speaking to journalists at the Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Wolfgang Huber, head of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, slammed the proposal by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams to introduce parts of Islamic Shariah law for Muslims in Britain. Williams also said introduction of some aspects of Islamic or Shariah law was “unavoidable” in Britain to promote social cohesion.”Hoping to achieve integration through a dual legal system is a mistaken idea,” Huber told Deutsche Welle in an exclusive interview. “You have to ask the question as to what extent cultural characteristics have a legitimate place in a legal system. But you have to push for one country to have one system.”

Williams, head of the 70-million member Anglican Church, provoked an outcry in an interview with the BBC on Thursday by saying a single approach to the legal system with one law for everybody was “a bit of a danger.” He also called into question whether the current legal system could fulfill the demands of a “multi-faith society.”

The archbishop also stressed that “nobody in their right mind would want to see in this country the kind of inhumanity that’s sometimes been associated with the practice of the law in some Islamic states, the extreme punishments, the attitudes to women.”,2144,3116029,00.html


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