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Objection, Your Honor: European Courts Placate Islamists

Posted on March 6 2010 7:51 am
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by David J. Rusin

Even as Shari’a courts sprout up like mushrooms on UK soil, secular ones across Europe increasingly bend to an Islamist worldview.

Consider the phenomenon of exempting Muslims from the standard practice of rising before judges. In January, seven radicals on trial for shouting insults at British soldiers during a 2009 homecoming parade refused to stand when the judge entered — because, in the words of one of their lawyers, “it is a grave and cardinal sin to show respect in this way to anyone other than God himself.” The response from Judge Carolyn Mellanby? Appeasement and more appeasement:

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