The Washington Times - July 14, 2008, 02:24PM

Via Candice de Russy at Phi Beta Cons: a World Net Daily report that two seventh grade British boys were punished with detention for refusing to pray to Allah during a classmate’s presentation on how Muslims worship Allah.

“The religion teacher, who was not named, made the class wear Muslim headgear and watch a short film. Afterward, she took prayer mats from her cupboard and said, “we are now going out to pray to Allah,” parents claimed.

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Brits, more than any other type of Westerners, have chosen the “take it lying down” approach to “the Islamic question” of how to integrate Muslims into mainstream culture.

From the WND piece: “Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips, that Islamic sharia law should be used in the UK. In a speech to an East London mosque, Phillips said, “Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.’ “Those who are in dispute are free to subject it to mediation or to agree that it shall be resolved by a chosen arbitrator. There is no reason why principles of sharia law or any other religious code should not be the basis for mediation or other forms of dispute resolution.”“

Beyond that, the British courts have left themselves open to “Libel tourism,” or venue-shopping on high.

Doreen Carvajal wrote for the International Herald Tribune: “You’re an investment bank in Iceland with a complaint about a tabloid newspaper in Denmark that published critical articles in Danish. Whom do you call? A pricey London libel lawyer.

“That is called libel tourism by lawyers in the media trade. And Britain remains a comfortable destination for the rich in search of friendly courts, which have already weighed complaints from people who consider themselves unfairly tarred with labels like tax dodger, terrorist financier or murky Qaeda operative.”

 

Jared Lapidus at the Moving Picture Institute made a film detailing the legal trials of Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, titled The Libel Tourist. Ehrenfeld, author of an American book titled Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop it, which traces the origins of terror financing, was successfully sued in British courts for her efforts, after a representative of a Saudi royal purchased her book from Amazon UK. Watch the film for the rest of the story, about how her books were ordered pulped by the British courts. New York State has since passed ‘Rachel’s Law‘ to protect authors from such legal attacks.

Robert Stacy McCain, former Washington Times editor, now blogging and writing with The American Spectator, once said that the definition of a liberal is someone who’s afraid to take their own side in an argument. Britain has taken a decidedly ‘liberal’ approach to living with Islam.

Understanding and appreciating other cultures is one thing. Making allowances for them that they wouldn’t make for you is another. The problem comes when you have accomodationism without reciprocation. Could you imagine students in Egypt being forced to take Christian prayers, even just to “understand other cultures”?

And yet the Lord Chief Justice in Britain thinks Sharia law is applicable in England, and teachers reprimand and punish students who refuse to pray as Muslims would. Authors get sued for books that weren’t even sold in Britain. Something is majorly askew here, and there the Brits are, too liberal to take their own side in an argument.

What ever happened to doing as the Romans do? Since when do the guests get to set the menu and sit at the head of the table?

— James David Dickson