A commenter on the Times Online column, Article of Faith , Andrew Holden wrote, "The most that can really be said is that it's time [Dr] Rowan realised that he can't say anything complicated or difficult without overreaction and misrepresentation from those who can't be bothered to find out what he actually said and really engage with it."
You can read the Archbishops lecture at Indigo Continuum. Be warned, it is a long, dense, tradtional academic lecture chock full of arcanery.
There was another article the BBC had on its website, but all links to that story take the searcher to a different AoC story in which Williams is pilloried and expresses genuine surprise that his remarks should have caused such a ruckus. The following is the article that has essentially disappeared from the Internet in favor of the more inflammatory stories:
Brown 'rejects' Sharia law in UKThis is very important to the discussion: "Under English law, people may devise their own way to settle a dispute in front of an agreed third party as long as both sides agree to the process...Muslim Sharia courts and the Jewish Beth Din which already exist in the UK come into this category.
Downing Street has distanced Gordon Brown from the Archbishop of Canterbury's belief that some Sharia law in the UK seems "unavoidable".
The prime minister's spokesman said Mr Brown "believes that British laws should be based on British values".
Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One the UK had to "face up to the fact" that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
He said adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law could help social cohesion.
For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.
Dr Williams said Muslims should not have to choose between "the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty".
In an exclusive interview with BBC correspondent Christopher Landau, ahead of a lecture to lawyers in London later on Monday, Dr Williams argues this relies on Sharia law being better understood. At the moment, he says "sensational reporting of opinion polls" clouds the issue.
He stresses that "nobody in their right mind would want to see in this country the kind of inhumanity that's sometimes been associated with the practice of the law in some Islamic states; the extreme punishments, the attitudes to women as well".
But Dr Williams said an approach to law which simply said "there's one law for everybody and that's all there is to be said, and anything else that commands your loyalty or allegiance is completely irrelevant in the processes of the courts - I think that's a bit of a danger".
"There's a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law, as we already do with some other aspects of religious law."
Dr Williams adds: "What we don't want either, is I think, a stand-off, where the law squares up to people's religious consciences."
"We don't either want a situation where, because there's no way of legally monitoring what communities do... people do what they like in private in such a way that that becomes another way of intensifying oppression inside a community."
Under English law, people may devise their own way to settle a dispute in front of an agreed third party as long as both sides agree to the process.
Muslim Sharia courts and the Jewish Beth Din which already exist in the UK come into this category.
Dr Williams' comments are likely to fuel the debate over multiculturalism in the UK.
Last month, one of Dr William's colleagues, the Bishop of Rochester, said that non-Muslims may find it hard to live or work in some areas of the UK.
The Right Reverend Dr Michael Nazir-Ali said there was "hostility" in some areas and described the government's multicultural policies as divisive.
He said there had been a worldwide resurgence of Islamic extremism, leading to young people growing up alienated from the country they lived in.
He has since received death threats and has been placed under police protection.
Also, the whole idea that Archbishop broached is not new in English law discoarse. The BBC program, Law in Action, aired "The end of one law for all?" in November 2006.
A number of parallel legal universes have been quietly evolving among minority communities. As well as Somali customary law, Islamic and Jewish laws are being applied and enforced in parts of the UK.The fact that Somali customary law, Jewish, Islamic, and I would suspect Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic religious law are also being practiced in England, the Archbishop's call to "face up to the fact" that some Sharia in English law is "unavoidable" is really no more than a truthful observation and honest conclusion, not an advocacy.
Islamic and Jewish law remains confined to civil matters. But the BBC's Law in Action programme has learned that the Somali court hears criminal cases too.
One of the most serious cases it has dealt with was the "trial" of a group of young men accused of stabbing a fellow Somali.
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