Lord Chancellor and Justice Minister Jack Straw and Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips of Worth Matavers in London July 4, 2007
Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.
He declared: ‘It is possible in this country for those who are entering into a contractual agreement to agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.’
In his speech in an East London mosque Lord Phillips signalled approval of sharia principles as a means of settling disputes so long as no punishments that conflict with the established law are involved, and as long as divorces are made to comply with the civil law.
But his remarks – which give the green light from the highest judicial office to the informal sharia courts already operated by numerous mosques – provoked a storm of criticism.
The British system of law has always been perverted with religion – look at Henry the VIII and the Church of England as a prime example.
Now, Americans have reinforced why there is a “wall of separation” between church and state written into the first amendment to the United States Constitution.
Let this be a warning to the United States Supreme Court who has some members who wish to use international law in deciding cases.