Lords Bill to tackle Sharia Courts
From the Christian Institute:
A new Bill was introduced yesterday in the House of Lords that will help address the problem of Sharia courts operating in England and Wales.
The Bill was introduced by Baroness Cox, and is supported by a wide range of groups including The Christian Institute and the National Secular Society.
The Bill does not affect the internal affairs of religious groups, but does make it a crime for Sharia courts to act as though they have jurisdiction over criminal law or family law.
The Bill makes it clear that discrimination against women will not be lawful in arbitration tribunals, so that it will be illegal for a woman's testimony to be treated less favourably than a man's.
• That the Bill will gain support in the Lords
• That there will be widespread, fair and accurate media coverage
• For Lady Cox, as she takes her Bill forward
• That the Government will make encouraging statements in response to the Bill
• For the women suffering injustice under Sharia law
• For our legal system, that it would uphold justice and righteousness and protect Christians who convert from Islam