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    DECISION ON SHARIA SPARKS JEWISH PROTEST - TOP Marina Jimenez, Globe and Mail, 9/13/05
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      DECISION ON SHARIA SPARKS JEWISH PROTEST - TOP
      Marina Jimenez, Globe and Mail, 9/13/05
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050913/SHARIA13/TPNational/TopStories


      A Jewish group is considering mounting a constitutional challenge to
      Premier Dalton McGuinty's recently announced ban on faith-based
      arbitration, while conservative Muslim leaders vow to continue using
      sharia to resolve family disputes.

      Mubin Sheikh, with the Masjid-al-Noor mosque in Toronto, said he will
      still be guided by Islamic law when he mediates Muslims' disputes over
      child-support payments, custody and inheritance -- regardless of
      whether the Ontario government introduces legislation banning
      religious arbitration.

      "Is the government going to stand outside every mosque and ask if
      people are going in to do faith-based arbitration? No," Mr. Sheikh
      said. "A ban will change nothing. And it hurts the women who were
      supposed to be protected by not affording them official state sanction
      of the arbitrated settlement."

      Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada, said
      officials will consult with lawyers today at a national board meeting
      to consider a constitutional challenge to a ban on rabbinical courts.

      Mr. McGuinty's unexpected announcement Sunday that he will outlaw all
      existing religious tribunals not only failed to end the controversy
      about the issue but left many unanswered questions about how far the
      ban will go and how it will be implemented.

      Ontario released no details yesterday of the proposed legislation,
      which was applauded by Homa Arjomand, an Iranian immigrant who led the
      campaign against sharia in Ontario . . .

      Riad Saloojee, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada,
      said the result of the decision is that "unregulated informal
      arbitration" will continue, a process that does not always uphold
      rights under Canadian law. (MORE)

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050913/SHARIA13/TPNational/TopStories

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