Law Society Criticised for Islamic Law Decision
The UK Law Society has been criticised for issuing guidelines for solicitors on drawing up wills under Shariah Law. The guidance, which was quietly issued earlier this month, details how wills can be drafted to confirm to Islamic traditions while still being valid under UK law.
As Breitbart London reported yesterday, Sharia law states that only Muslims may inherit, with women receiving half as much as men. Non-believers and illegitimate and adopted children are excluded all together.
Commentators from across the religious spectrum have united to condemned the move, calling it discriminatory and warning that it may be a backward step for human rights.
Baroness Cox, a crossbench peer who served as president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and currently runs a campaign against religiously sanctioned discrimination, told the Sunday Telegraph that the development was "deeply disturbing".
"This violates everything that we stand for. It would make the Suffragettes turn in their graves.
"Everyone has freedom to make their own will and everyone has freedom to let those wills reflect their religious beliefs.
"But to have an organisation such as The Law Society seeming to promote or encourage a policy which is inherently gender discriminatory in a way which will have very serious implications for women and possibly for children is a matter of deep concern.”
Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society also said to the Sunday Telegraph:
"This guidance marks a further stage in the British legal establishment's undermining of democratically determined human rights-compliant law in favour of religious law from another era and another culture.
"British equality law is more comprehensive in scope and remedies than any elsewhere in the world. Instead of protecting it, The Law Society seems determined to sacrifice the progress made in the last 500 years."
Various lawyers have also expressed dismay, but due to the power the Law Society has over their careers, have been unwilling to speak on record.
Campaigners warn that a "parallel legal system" could now be created within Britain.