Thursday, February 07, 2008

Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

For me this verse from Matthew 22:21 captures what I think the Archbishop of Canterbury was alluding to today in his ill advised comments on Sharia Law.

To be clear - I don't support words which might give sustenance to our country's enemies but I think we need to stand up and tell our government that enough is enough. In its recent social legislation and restrictions on non-violent freedom of speech New Labour has sought to impose its totalitarian and unfree world view on the rest of the country. It has sought to take over the territory which rightly belongs to our conscience, or to put it in the words of St Matthew, to God.

In such circumstances, English law becomes something which many of a religious persuasion (not just Muslims but also those of other Abrahamic faiths) are likely to find it increasingly difficult to tolerate. The problem is that the government and (given the way the government likes to operate through legislation) English law is now trying to do to much and is restricting the freedoms for which our ancestors stood - back to the time of the Magna Carta and beyond.

The answer is not special treatment under the law for Muslims but less law and regulation so that those of a religious persuasion are not forced out of the public square by the atheist nihilists at the heart of the New Labour project. We need to entrench individual freedom of speech and thought in our constitution - not start running parallel legal systems to further divide our fractured nation.


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