Islamic law used by secular Swedish courtThis case is some months old, but it didn’t come to my attention before now. In an open letter to Sweden’s Minister of Justice Thomas Bodström entitled ”No to sharia law in Sweden”, the International Campaign for the Defense of Women's Rights in Iran have issued a statement protesting a Swedish court ruling. The 23rd of November 2004, the newspaper Göteborgs Posten wrote about an Iranian man living in Sweden. He had married an Iranian woman, but was now reluctant to live with her anymore because of suspected infidelity. In the divorce case, the man was sentenced by the court, Hovrätten in Halmestad, to pay Mahr, Islamic dowry. The term Mahr comes from the Koran 4, 4 and is a basic part of the Islamic marriage contract, intended to be kept as some minimum of financial assurance by the woman in case of the man dumping her. The Swedish court declared that they adapted themselves to “Iranian law” in this matter. Since laws in the Islamic Republic of Iran are based upon Islamic religious law, it basically means that a secular, Swedish court thus judged according to sharia in this marriage dispute. Now, this may all sound cozy and multicultural and respectful of other people’s cultures. The question is: Do the people passing this ruling have any idea what kind of dangerous precedent they may be setting? As the women in this open letter write, according to Iranian and sharia laws, there is also the death penalty by stoning for adultery. Are Swedish courts going to “adapt to” Iranian laws in this case, too? Why didn’t they just rule as they would have done with a native Swedish woman? Muslim women come to Western nations such as Sweden hoping to get away from sharia. Yet some Westerners seem to insist on bringing it here, too.
For my part, I will add a few more questions: Where are Swedish “women’s rights” activists in all this? Sweden is after all the country where Feminism is something close to a national religion, and where every single politician has to declare himself a Feminist or commit political hara-kiri. If Swedes can worry about gender-segregation due to “stereotypical” toys such as dolls for girls, surely they can offer a few thoughts for sharia?
The answer is simple: It is the clash of Political Correctness: Multiculturalism vs. Feminism. The result: Sharia good, dolls bad. And who cares about Islamic oppression of women, anyway? Sure, Muslim men may be evil oppressors, but aren’t all males just as bad? After all, Swedish men are like the Taliban, as one leading leftist politician put it. And please don’t talk about Muslim gang rapes of Swedish women. That’s racist, you know.
Girl power! Now, I’m off to have some halal meatballs at IKEA.