Okay, so Rowan Williams’s position is slightly more nuanced, according to recent BBC reports, than the headline version I saw earlier today.
Still, it is disgraceful. Sharia law is a byword for oppression and injustice – and not only would it be an utterly massive retrograde step for this country to come under it, but it is being used on a daily basis to oppress multitudes of our fellow human beings – in this country and around the world. Women, non-Muslims, ex-Muslims – even thinking of the situation right here in the UK, we’re seeing honour killings, blanket provision of halal food in some institutions, violence and aggression towards people who turn from Islam to Christianity or anything else – and this in a context where fundamentalist Islam is a minority. People are being jailed, tortured, killed, and penalised in all sorts of ways, all over the world constantly in Muslim-majority situations, where sharia law is implemented.
Rowan Williams, as official spokesman for a religious body which ostensibly seeks to promote (Judeo-)Christian values and ethics for the good of individuals and societies, should be the last person to even give the appearance of endorsing, licensing, or condoning the option of this moral/ethical and social nightmare even for Muslims in our communities.