Labour Humanists reject the Archbishop of Canterbury's view that some elements of sharia law should, and will, be incorporated into British law. The idea that the law should itself change to accommodate alternative allegiances of religious minorities is unacceptable not only to those professing no religion but to many religious believers too.
The Government's robust response is to be welcomed, but, in the light of the comments, Labour Humanists urge a thoroughgoing rethink of its continued support for 'faith' schools. Their existence strengthens the case for modern-day segregation in other spheres of society: the Government’s belief that ‘faith’ schools will clear the path to social cohesion is strongly echoed in the Archbishop’s notion that a diversity of legal systems will do the same. Separation on the grounds of religion, in any walk of life, is a recipe only for division, not cohesion.
The British Humanist Association also said that “Singling out certain groups for separate treatment will also surely undermine work towards good relations and social cohesion rather than assist it.” The BHA was also active internationally in preventing the (successful) campaign to prevent the introduction of sharia family law in Canada. Labour Humanists urge all members and other humanist groups to remain similarly active.
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