WND has the article Mayor takes stand against Muslim Shariah courts.
The media frenzy was touched off by reports that an Islamic tribunal was being set up in the Dallas, Texas, area. A group of imams from surrounding mosques would sit on what they call a “mediation panel,” as defacto judges, and mediate disputes between Muslims who voluntarily submit to its edicts. They denied this was a Shariah court, saying the panel would mete out nonbinding decisions in business disputes, divorces and other family matters “in full accordance with the law.”
Normally, I wouldn’t even bother with a story from a source like this, but this stuff is seeping into the real world. It is time for me to speak up.
Their are other religions in this country that have similar setups. People who don’t know about them live their lives happily in their ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss anymore when people start to think that only Islam has such practices.
A quick Google search gives one example, Jewish Divorce 101.
The entire get procedure is performed in front of a beth din (rabbinical court consisting of three rabbis). Though technically only the presence of the husband, wife, and two witnesses is required to effect the divorce, practically, the get process is so complex that it cannot be done correctly unless done in the presence of experts in the field. In fact, rabbinic law automatically invalidates any get which was not written and transmitted in front of experts.
I am certainly no expert on Judaism, so it isn’t hard to believe that I don’t know the details for other religions in this country. However, if any of you want to look up quasi-judicial processes in Christian religions practiced in this country, it shouldn’t come as a shock if you find similar things. I won’t name any names myself.
It’s time we all rebelled against media frenzies.