Sharia tribunals in... Ontario?
Posted by Thad
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Sharia move in Canada draws anger
Women's rights activists are to march in 11 cities in Canada and Europe against plans to allow Sharia law tribunals in the province of Ontario.
Islamic law could be used to settle civil and marital disputes under a proposal made by former Ontario Attorney General Marion Boyd.
Roman Catholic and Jewish arbitration tribunals already operate Ontario.
Opponents of Sharia law say allowing Islamic tribunals could lead to discrimination against women.
A protest march is scheduled for Thursday in Toronto, which is the capital of Canada's most populous and multi-cultural province.
Other Canadian marches are due in Ottawa, Waterloo, Montreal and Victoria, while in Europe there will be rallies in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Goteborg, London and Paris.
For me, the money quote is this:
Ms Boyd argues that if Sharia is not allowed, all religious arbitration bodies could be abolished.
And that would be bad because… ?