Australia has long been a nation of immigrants...arriving to an attractive global image of sun, surf, bikinis, beer, barbecues and above all freedom to enjoy them. Then there's SHARIA LAW, which conjures up the shadow of Medieval subjugation. A legal report by two research academics, set to be published this week says Sharia Law has become a shadow legal system within Muslim communities, endorsing burqas, whippings and even polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under Australia's Marriage Act.
A system of "legal pluralism" based on this foul Muslim law "abounds" in Australia. The researchers say, "our community wakes up every morning totally oblivious to Muslims complying to religious law and shirking our mainstream laws." In family law, not all Muslims were registering their marriages and were relying on religious ceremonies to validate unions that breached the Marriage Act. This included "polygynist marriages" in which a man takes multiple wives, or worse still, following Muhammad's paedophilia example, marrying an under aged girl (preferably pre-menstrual).
These academics, Ann Black and Kerrie Sadiq, have also found that while polygamy is unlawful, mainstream law accommodates men who arrive in Australia with multiple wives, lawfully entered into overseas, are recognised, with second wives and their children able to claim welfare and other benefits. It seems changes to the Family Law Act in 2008 also means that polygamous religious marriages entered into in Australia could also be recognised as de facto marriages. "It means a second wife can be validly married under Islamic law and be a de facto wife under Australian law with the same legal entitlements as any other de facto relationship." they write. I say ...."There goes the neighbourhood."
Even with our country's compromise to the Muslim distortion of matrimonial circumstances, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils is still calling for Australia to compromise with Islam and suggests there should be further "tweaking"of family law to take account of Sharia. The result would be that the courts must consider Muslim children having the right to enjoy their own culture and the culture of the people who share that culture.
The Way I See It....these people always seem to want their own way of living in any adopted country they settle in and don't give a "hoot"about assimilating and relishing a purely free society. No, they would rather keep their Koranic Medieval traditions. What shocking tradition is next: gentital mutilation and honour killings? We have already seen, last week, men breaking into a Muslim convert's house and whipping him 40 times in his bed for allegedly having a beer. Enough is enough!
Thankfully, Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said recently, that if there was ever any inconsistency between cultural values and the rule of law..."then Australian law wins out." He further stated, "There is only one law that's applicable in Australia, that's Australia law based on our common law tradition. Our constitutional founders included a provision against the state endorsing or prescribing any religion or religious practice."
He finished up by saying the Family Law Act and Marriage Act included specific provisions and exclusions for courts to consider, among other factors, an individual's lifestyle and background culture and traditions, but under-age marriage was out. "The government and the people of Australia believe these provisions to be adequate, so get used it," Mr McClelland said. Bravo!