Unpleasant goings on at the launch of 'Sharia in the West'
There were some unpleasant goings on at Hammicks in Fleet Street last week. Andrew Brown turned up for the launch of a new book Sharia in the West, published by OUP, to which Bishop Michael Nazir Ali has been a major contributor. Andrew Brown's account on Comment Is Free makes a very interesting read.
One of His Grace's communicants was present, and he writes:
It looked to me very much as if Brown had been sent to rough up Michael Nazir Ali. Raizat Butt was also there, but didn't speak and looked pretty gloomy - Brown on her turf? Brown turned up late and stood glowering by the shop door all through a brilliant and respectful exchange between John Milbank (another contributor) and Michael Nazir Ali. He did rather spoil the party.Andrew Brown as an example of that odd affinity between regressive Islam and the 'progressive' left, but it is interesting to note Brown's naïve assumption that human rights legislation in the UK protects people. It certainly does not appear to protect Christians in the courts, and has even encouraged a level of judicial 'creativity' which could easily see the law being stretched to accommodate manifest inequalities (eg between man and woman; believer and non-believer) which, as Michael Nazir Ali has consistently warned, are fundamental to Sharia.
Still, Sharia Law in Britain is 'unavoidable', right?