03 February 2008

Britain's Islamic Rule

Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits following a year-long Government review, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that polygamous marriages can now be recognised formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal.

The outcome will chiefly benefit Muslim men with more than one wife, as is permitted under Islamic law.
In actual fact, the latest guidelines reflect no change on the old guidelines, about which we commented last April.

The Conservatives are surely right to accuse the Government of offering preferential treatment to Muslims, and of setting a precedent that will lead to demands for further changes in British law, as we noted last year:
Presumably there are also (or soon will be) implications for things such as pension rights and exemption from death duties? Once the state recognises these, surely it is only a matter of time before "legislative creep" forces a change in the law upon us.
Like the rest of the Islamic world, our once-Christian country now has one law for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Allāhu Akbar?


Freelander said...

Well, one does have to be Politically correct in all things . . . . Do (or will) they also pay out widows benefits to more than one widow of the said Muslim man?

The Stonemason said...

And what requirement does there have to be for the additional wife (wives) and children to be resident in this country?

What tax breaks are there if he divorces one or more of his wives and has to pay maintenance?

How about if the couple divorce under British law - and get tax breaks - but don't divorce under Islamic law?

The whole system is open to abuse and fraud and since honesty is not something required either culturally or religiously in some instnces within Islam we can expect a good number of people to jump on the British welfare state gravy train - and why not I suppose when our MPs are such good examples of pigs in the swill trough. Oops, did I just write pigs? I hope I'm not being culturally insensitive.

David Waddell said...

This is introduced with little press attention, and yet the Archbishop of Canterbury just a few days later is pilloried for pursuing a similar line of thought. Odd...