In a BBC interview (see here), Rowan Williams argued that some aspects of Sharia law should be incorporated into the British legal system. He reflected, "An approach to law which simply said - there's one law for everybody - I think that's a bit of a danger." This sentiment is badly misguided. One law must apply to everybody in the same country. As a Christian I may disagree with some aspects of British law, such as the Abortion Act of 1967. I would even be prepared to defy the law if it required me to deny my Christian faith and principles. But I don't want a separate legal system for Christians. The dictum that the same legal system applies to all citizens is fundamental to liberal democracy and the rule of law.
See here for a report of an address by Patrick Sookhdeo, a converted Muslim, where he speaks of the challenge of Islam to society and the church. In Islamic countries, governed by Sharia law, Christians and other non-Muslims are reduced to second-class Dhimmi status. They face discrimination, persecution and sometimes even death. Do we really want that here in the UK? The recognition of some aspects of Sharia law would only be the first steps in a programme leading to the Islamisation of Great Britain. Christian leaders like Rowan Williams should be warning against this, not arguing for accommodation. Thankfully, leaders of all three main political parties, including the Prime Minister, have rejected the Archbishop's foolish and misguided proposals.