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Concerns Raised Over Practice of Sharia Law in Britain
The application of Sharia (or Islamic) law is on the rise in Britain, raising concerns over the law's consistency with democratic values and its impact on particular groups of citizens, according to a report by Britain's One Law for All Campaign.
One Law for All wants the UK government to eliminate Sharia courts and other legal applications of religious law "and to guarantee equal citizenship rights for all." Among the supporters it lists are writers Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and a host of secular and atheist groups.
"Sharia law is a form of religious dogma and tyranny. It is homophobic, sexist, and anti-democratic," Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell is quoted saying in the report.
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