H/T goes to Omar ... this is a very interesting issue, indeed. Americans would be crying, "Whatever happened to the Separation of Church and State?"
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt. Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams, stated his opinion that adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable."
If you care to read about it, click here and here.
Naturally, the British pols are saying that Dr. Williams' remarks are unhelpful, British laws should be based on British values, and that all must abide by the rule of law.
It's an interesting issue, to be sure. I'm not really much into politics (as I've told one of my choir members who swears by it), but occasionally, fascinating issues such as this pop up from time to time. I suppose one might ask, well do other religious groups (e.g., Orthodox Jews, Christians, etc.) have special laws and courts all to themselves, and if so, if they can have it, why can't the Muslims.
Have a read ... feel free to put any comments in the combox. No flames, please.