The hypocrisy and duplicity of the Law Society
Of course the guidance notes issued by The Law Society on the provision of Sharia-compliant wills do not represent a change in the law of England and Wales. No one said they did, but this seems to be the principal objection to the previous "overstated" article and the substantive assertion for it being a "non-story".
This is not just a professional trade body explaining how its members may best serve the interests of its Muslim clients within the current law. This is The Law Society of England and Wales adopting and propagating Islamic law even where it conflicts with human rights and equality legislation. Of course their recognition of Sharia-compliant wills does not confer legal right: it is for the courts to determine whether such anti-women, anti-gay, anti-kuffar, anti-illegitimate inequalities, if contested, may be enforced. But the recognition by The Law Society that such discrimination may be written into a will amounts to a de facto apologia for Sharia, and that is bound to deter all manner of gay/female/apostate/illegitimate Muslims from ever contesting a will in case it should result in community "pressure" to comply with the wishes of the deceased.
But this guidance is also not a "non-story" because it shows The Law Society to be hypocritical, duplicitous and fundamentally anti-Christian.
Two years ago they revoked a booking made by Christian Concern and others for a debate on the nature of marriage. It was part of a family values coalition, the World Congress of Families, and the colloquium was entitled ‘One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society’.
Despite having previously agreed to host this conference at their HQ in Chancery Lane, the Law Society cancelled it at short notice and explained by email that the event “is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage”.
It must be observed that this new "diversity policy" was adopted before any change in the law.
Chief Executive of the Law Society Desmond Hudson said: “We are proud of our role in promoting diversity in the solicitors’ profession and felt that the content of this conference sat uncomfortably with our stance."
Funny, isn't it, that a Christian group seeking merely to debate the legal, hetero-normative and biblical view of marriage is contrary to The Law Society's diversity policy, "espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage", yet guidance issued by The Law Society on Sharia-compliant wills does not contravene its diversity policy, despite espousing, as it does, an ethos which manifestly discriminates against women, homosexuals and non-Muslims.