On the front page of most UK newspapers today is what the Daily Mirror calls “a barrage of criticism” after the Archbishop of Cantebury appeared to back the adoption of some aspects of Sharia law in the UK.
Dr Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4 he believed the adoption of some Sharia law in the UK seemed “unavoidable”. You can listen to his interview here. What do you think? And is it already happening? Downing Street insisted British laws would remain dominant but admitted that Muslim-firendly laws had been introduced to allow Sharia-compliant marriages. And Jewish courts have been operating in Britain for centuries, and there are Sharia courts in Islamic communities across the country, although they have no authority under British law.
In the US, Mitt Romney dropped out of the race to become the Republicans’ presidential candidate in November’s election, but Mike Huckabee, running third in the delegate-count behind Romney and front-runner John McCain, vowed to continue. But Senator McCain is now all but guaranteed to be the Republican nominee – what do you think of him? And should the Democrats worry if the nomination battle between Senators Clinton and Obama continues for weeks or months more?
The most-read story is British police declaring Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto was killed by a bomb blast, not gunfire.
And looking ahead to the weekend, Turkey’s parliament is on Saturday expected to lift the country’s 28-year ban on headscarves in state universities. Is this a threat to the secular state founded by Kemal Ataturk? Or is the country ready for the restriction to be eased?