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Why is the Law Society promoting Islamic rules and legal services?

Why is the Law Society promoting Islamic rules and legal services?

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:50 by Sadikur Rahman

After attending a seminar held by the Law Society on Islamic rules and legal services, Sadikur Rahman reflects upon the Society's desire to develop its members' knowledge of sharia law in the UK and questions how this contributes to Muslim people's freedoms.

The Law Society should stay out of the theology business

The Law Society should stay out of the theology business

Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 09:55 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers' Secular Society, argues that the Law Society's response to criticism of its sharia guidance misses the point that the society has gone beyond its mandate and given credibility to discriminatory practices.

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:38 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers Secular Society, fears a practice note issued by the Law Society could compromise the Code of Conduct for solicitors and increase the application of Sharia law in the UK.

Stoning – the true horror

Stoning – the true horror

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:17 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that stoning is very much a part of Islamic sharia law, and needs to be named and shamed.

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:24 by Kris Hopkins MP

Kris Hopkins MP argues that if the rights of women are to be protected, the government must ensure that the principle of one law for all is upheld.

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 12:34 by Nahla Mahmoud

Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares.

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:04 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi.

Here is why Sharia Law has no place in Britain or elsewhere

Here is why Sharia Law has no place in Britain or elsewhere

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:25 by Nahla Mahmoud

Human Rights activist Nahla Mahmoud explains why we should all unequivocally demand one equal law for everyone – both in the UK and abroad.

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:33 by Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz warns that the longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation.

There can be no cultural get-out clause for child abusers

There can be no cultural get-out clause for child abusers

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:13 by Anne Marie Waters

It's official – raping children is wrong. Sometimes. It depends on the colour (sorry "culture") of the child being raped. Welcome to post-racism Europe.

Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:55 by By Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that the burka runs counter to democratic values and norms because it designates women a different and separate existence. Should the choice to cause this harm should be restricted?

Child brides and licensed rape

Child brides and licensed rape

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:47 by Tessa Kendall

Women in the UK are being forced to get married with threats and violence. Children under the legal age of consent for marriage or sex are also being forced to marry - and most of them are girls.

Are you morally superior to the Taliban?

Are you morally superior to the Taliban?

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:04 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie-Waters says that the doctrine of multiculturalism prevents criticism of the most appalling actions if the people committing them happen to not be white.

The Rise of Sharia in the West

The Rise of Sharia in the West

Posted: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:11 by Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian journalist who opposes terrorism committed in the name of Islam, considers the rise of Islam in the west.

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Sharia Law and Free Speech

Posted: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:03 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters argues that concerns over 'islamophobia' means truth and fair comment is under attack.

Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism

Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism

Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:02 by Anne Marie Waters

Some white middle class feminists are letting down Muslim women. Anne Marie Waters is skeptical about the wonderful woman-friendly version of sharia law.

Executive Director’s Diary: Sharia, Civil Partnerships and Lords Reform

Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:19 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood on a busy week of campaigning in Parliament.