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No Sharia in Ontario, Canada

 
Kay
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09/12/2005 07:34 PM
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Thank the heavens!

Misogyny is tossed out!


Ontario Rejects Use of Islamic Law
Monday, September 12, 2005

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•Canadians Protest Islamic Law Proposal•Quebec Rejects Use of Islamic Law•Annan Opens Islamophobia Summit
TORONTO — The premier of Ontario said Sunday that he won´t let his province become the first Western government to allow the use of Islamic law to settle family disputes and that he would move to ban all religious arbitration.

Ontario´s provincial government has been reviewing a report recommending that Shariah (search), or Islamic law, be allowed to settle family disputes like divorce and had said it would soon make a decision.

"There will be no Shariah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians," Premier Dalton McGuinty (search) told The Canadian Press.

The proposal to let Ontario residents use Islamic law for settling family disputes drew protests Thursday in Canada and at some of its diplomatic sites in Europe.

Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, has allowed Catholic and Jewish faith-based tribunals to settle family law matters on a voluntary basis since 1991. The practice got little attention until Muslim leaders demanded the same rights.

Officials had to decide whether to exclude one religion, or whether to scrap the religious family courts altogether.

McGuinty said such courts "threaten our common ground," and promised his Liberal government would introduce legislation as soon as possible to outlaw them in Ontario.

"Ontarians will always have the right to seek advice from anyone in matters of family law, including religious advice," he said. "But no longer will religious arbitration be deciding matters of family law."

A representative from Ontario´s Jewish community expressed disappointment and shock over McGuinty´s decision.

"We´re stunned," said Joel Richler, Ontario region chairman of the Canadian Jewish Congress (search). "At the very least, we would have thought the government would have consulted with us before taking away what we´ve had for so many years."

Homa Arjomand, a women´s rights activist, was elated.

"I think our voice got heard loud and clear, and I thank the government for coming out with no faith-based arbitration´s," Arjomand said. "Oh, I am so happy. That was the best news I have ever heard for the past five years."

Just hours before McGuinty´s announcement, a group including prominent Canadian author Margaret Atwood (search) and actress Shirley Douglas (search) issued an open letter to the premier on behalf of the No Religious Arbitration Coalition (search).

Shariah comes from several sources including the Koran, the Muslim holy book, and it governs every aspect of life. Under most interpretations, Islamic law gives men more rights than women in matters of inheritance, divorce and child custody.
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 07:38 PM
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Good. If they want Muslim laws go back to where they came from.
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09/12/2005 07:42 PM
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McGinty´s stock just went up a little in my oppinion. Now I think he should die a relatively slow and somewhat painful death rather than an incredibly slow and horribly painful death.
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 07:43 PM
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Yet it seemed sharia was going to be part of the new Iraqi constitution for their ´democracy´. What happened with that?
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 07:43 PM
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FINALY - we have found where the line is in Ontario!
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 07:45 PM
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for the time being.
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 07:48 PM
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Give these people an inch they´ll take a mile and then some. Good for Ontario to say no.

"There will be no Shariah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians," Premier Dalton McGuinty (search) told The Canadian Press.
Kay (OP)
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09/12/2005 07:48 PM
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A victory for women worldwide!!!

Hooray!
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09/12/2005 08:18 PM
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At the time I voted for mcGinty, I was choosing the lesser of two evils or so I thought. Now, I am really glad I did. Ontario needs to keep uniform laws. We did the right thing.
Anonymous Coward
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09/12/2005 08:45 PM
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Oh, we still have 2 laws here flatbed--one for women and one for men. Dalton McStupid just got rid of the seperate relegious laws. We had 4 untill today.

I suspect somebody he actually listens to told him his ass could be in a sling over a discrimination lawsuit if he let it continue.
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09/12/2005 09:11 PM
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Everybody repeat

NO CANUCK-A-STAN

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