Denmark: 'You don't flirt with Sharia'

Denmark: 'You don't flirt with Sharia'

Via Fyens Stiftstidende & Politiken (Danish, published a couple of weeks ago):

In his liberation speech, Libyan interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said that sharia law will be the basis of legislation.

Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal (SF) said in response that they mean Sharia-lite ('soft Sharia'). "When they say Sharia, they don't mean stoning women, the death sentence or veiled women", Søvndal said. "I think moreover that it can be compared with Catholic parties in Europe calling themselves Christian. It doesn't mean hardcore Christianity, but that this is their basic orientation in life."

Syrian-Danish Naser Khader, former MP for the Conservatives, criticized this statement.

"It is nonsense to talk about Sharia-light. Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal has no idea what he's talking about. First, there is nothing called Sharia-lite. And even if there was, it's still not OK. It also includes polygamy, that children are the man's property and that women can only inherit half of what a brother inherits," says Naser Khader.

Khader says that even the so-called 'lite' party of sharia is deeply problematic. "I'm amazed that Søvndal uses and accepts that term."

He says it would have been more appropriate if Søvndal had protested when the Libyan began to toy with the idea of introducing elements of Sharia.

"You don't flirt with neither a few elements of Sharia nor with all of Sharia."