Steve loaned me his copy of Tom Kratman’s novel Caliphate a few weeks ago. It’s basically a polemic-as-potboiler about what the world might look like in a hundred years should current demographic trends result in an Islamic-ruled Europe.
I thought the premise was pretty clever. I didn’t, however, think it was likely to be proved prophetic.
The most senior judge in England tonight gave his blessing to the use of sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims.
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.
With such steps does civilization teeter into darkness.
So long, Europe. We could protect you from tyranny, but we cannot stop you from willingly giving your freedom away.