The government has no intention of stopping it.
Muslims can’t be excluded from Ontario’s 1991 Arbitration Act, which allows religious groups to resolve family disputes, says the attorney-general’s office. Hassidic Jews have been running their own Beit Din arbitrations based on Jewish law for years. Catholics, too, even Ismaili Muslims. Rulings are binding, but must be consistent with Canadian laws and the Charter of Rights.
“There are safeguards built into the act,” says Brendan Crawley, the attorney-general’s spokesperson, who has been fielding calls from the world’s press on the unprecedented decision.
“Participation must be voluntary by both parties and there is recourse if a decision doesn’t abide by Canadian law. They can appeal to the courts.”
Arjomand has heard all this and doesn’t buy a word of it.
Now head of the new International Campaign To Stop Sharia Courts in Canada, she and representatives from several concerned groups met last month with senior staff at the attorney-general’s office and with Sandra Pupatello, the minister responsible for women’s issues.
Arjomand told them flatly that under the guise of protecting religious freedom and multiculturalism â€” the fear, perhaps, of offending the Muslim community’s male leadership â€” they were about to let the rights of Canadian Muslim women be trampled on.
Most at risk are young immigrants, said Arjomand, who come from the Middle East or North Africa, where sharia is the law and has been used to subjugate them their entire lives. They know nothing different.
Now that sharia tribunals are to operate here, she says, many women will be socially and psychologically coerced into participating. To refuse would mean rejection by their families and the community â€” or worse.
Yup. The ICSSCC is calling for stripping Muslim women of rights because they may use those rights wrongly.
A DU poster sums up this anti-freedom attitude
Basically it’s to be used in community and family law issues and it’s suppsosed to be voluntary and abide by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Personally I think it’s bullshit and shouldn’t be allowed. People are fighting this tooth and nail.
Good for Quebec!
Perfectly sensible, if you believe half of all Muslims are perpetual minors who can never form consent.