Quebec rejects sharia for legal system
Thursday, May 26, 2005 Updated
at 1:21 PM EDT
Quebec — Quebec
has rejected the use of Islamic tribunals, which can be used to settle family
disputes, in the province.
In a unanimous vote Thursday,
legislature passed a motion against allowing sharia
to be used in the legal system.
“The application of sharia in Canada is part of a strategy to
isolate the Muslim community, so it will submit to an archaic vision of Islam,”
Fatima Houda-Pepin, a Liberal member of the
legislature, said as she introduced the motion against use of the Islamic law.
“These demands are being
pushed by groups in the minority that are using the Charter of Rights to attack
the foundation of our democratic institutions.”
The debate over sharia surfaced in Canada
two years ago when a Muslim group in Ontario
proposed the arbitration of family disputes according to Islamic law.