Monday, September 12, 2005

No religious arbitration in Ontario :: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The premier sensibly saw the choice as all or none. He chose none:

Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, has allowed Catholic and Jewish faith-based tribunals to settle family law matters on a voluntary basis since 1991. The practice got little attention until Muslim leaders demanded the same rights.
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McGuinty said such courts "threaten our common ground," and promised his Liberal government would introduce legislation as soon as possible to outlaw them in Ontario.

"Ontarians will always have the right to seek advice from anyone in matters of family law, including religious advice," he said. "But no longer will religious arbitration be deciding matters of family law."


Blogger The Devil's Advocate said...

Maybe it's because alot of western law is based on concepts taken from the Jewish and Christian faiths whereas Islam has quite a few completely foreign concepts that fly directly in the face of general western law. Examples include polygamy and the punishment for adultery.

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