Originally posted by @phil3000
Are you saying Sharia law is bad ?
I am an atheist and, among other things, to the extent that this is feasible for a male, a feminist. There is little prospect that Sharia Law would appeal to me.
I respect the reality that for many millions of Muslims it has an important place in their value systems, which I do not share, and I recognise that it can play a role in securing for Muslims in Britian a recognition of their particular culture and their sense of what is fair. (By analogy, my father was an Irish solicitor and found that Irish farmers and rural people had values in conflict with the legal system imposed by the English and this often led to conflict in relation to the wills and especially the inheritance without wills which he was asked to administer.)
It is also important to understand that Britsh Muslims have many social and business dealings with Muslims in other countries with whom it is helpful to offer ways of resolving disputes and reaching agreements by consent of the parties.
As for colonial and post-colonial practices, it is vital to accept that the development of social and legal systems in Muslim countries is a matter for them to address within their cultures and that imposing Western values simply does not work, but generates hatred and anger whcih in practice makes it harder for them to progress.
I would not, however, accept the idea of allowing Sharia Law to take precedence over English Law in this country. To take one example, I would expect Muslim women to have the right [which indeed they do have of course] to appeal to English law in matters such as marriage and child custody when they choose and for English law to prevail. It is okay while it remains subordinate and applies to very selective areas of community life among Muslims.
Incidentally I am especially aggrieved by the way Britain has sacrificed comprehensive education and allowed the emergence of religious schools, to teach bigotry and segregate Muslims, Jews and various Christian sects, while fee paying private schools further segregate the community in ways that are permanently divisive and harmful. As for the waves of academies, these are an abominations and totally irresponsible. Finland has the best education system in the world based on everyone, rich or poor, going to their local school, with no private schools allowed.