You recall the uproar a few weeks ago when the Archbishop of Canterbury said that it’s unfair for Muslims to have to follow British law and that it would be a good thing to incorporate elements of Sharia law into British law. It turns out that he’s not the only one thinking these thoughts. The British are now planning on teaching their police forces Sharia law, which they vaguely describe as a way to improve community relations:
Police will be trained on the importance of sharia law and the Koran to Muslim communities, under new plans to fight extremism.
The lessons in Islamic faith and culture will become part of the formal training of constables working in towns and cities across the country.
Chief constables say that, by understanding the community they are policing, officers will build better relationships.
These could prove crucial in rooting out extremism and preventing a terrorist attack, according to the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The plan’s opponents understand precisely what is going on:
But critics have described the plan as “politically correct thinking”.
Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said: “Police officers are not there to implement sharia law. They are there to implement British law.
“This idea is misguided. We will only get community cohesion when everybody signs up to being British and following British law.”
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