Significant elements of Islamic religion and culture continue to be woven into the fabric of Western society around the world.
Another example of this comes to us from the land down under, Australia, where it has been learned that at what most consider to be that country’s most prestigious law school, Sydney University, noteworthy components of sharia law, including permissibility of both polygamy and child marriage, are now being taught.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Sydney offers a course called Muslim Minorities and the Law, in which a textbook is used that says “sharia and common law are not inherently incompatible.”
The textbook explains that sharia and common law “are both ‘law’ in the sense they represent and communicate a set of ‘norms’ that operate at both individual and a community level.”
The textbook speaks in beneficial terms about polygamy and explains it in some measure, saying, “A man can marry up to four wives at the same time but must provide for each one equally…He must also spend an equal amount of time in the household of each wife. If he does not do this, it is considered an act of injustice.”
On the subject of child marriage, the text reads, “There is no minimum age for a contract of marriage, but it should not be consummated if that would cause harm to the putative spouse.”
Well, at least there’s that.
Through a spokesman, Australia’s Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, registered his concerns to The Daily Telegraph about such courses, saying, “Equality of the law, under the law and before the law should be one of the first principles in our law schools.”
“We all operate under the one legal framework in Australia, applied consistently to all and that is not a matter for negotiation.”
Birmingham’s office also spoke declaratively on the matter of Australian taxpayer monies being used to promote ideologies not in keeping with the nation’s citizens, saying, “Universities must keep in touch with Australian community expectations and that includes respect for and adherence to Australian law.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large