I've been following the news about Archbishop Rowan Williams and his comments on shariah. While I've seen the headlines, it's only from speaking to people that I'm getting a full sense of the furore.
Which makes it sound even more silly. The country's media organs get into a tizzy over another non-story involving Muslims.
Shariah already exists in the country - I'm married under it, eat meat slaughtered by it, and bank according to it. In some cases, the law even had to be changed to accomodate this e.g. the removal of double stamp duty for Islamic mortgages. Obviously Williams was talking about such simple matters.
So when Lord Carey intervenes to say...
"His [Williams'] conclusion that Britain will eventually have to concede some place in law for aspects of Sharia is a view I cannot share.
"There can be no exceptions to the laws of our land which have been so painfully honed by the struggle for democracy and human rights.
"His acceptance of some Muslim laws within British law would be disastrous for the nation."
... he is talking monstrously ill-informed rubbish.
The stance of major politicians has also been predictably shocking. Much bluster from Gordon Brown and the Conservatives about "British laws" despite their being so such legal system. We already at least have two systems of law - Scots and English. I'm writing this from the US where state and federal law regularly come up against each other.
I've skimmed though Rowan Williams' speech. I can't understand why he made it, he should know by now how people would twist it for their own ends. But it is a thoughtful piece of work. Just a shame our media doesn't do thoughtful.