Skip to comments.Britain's bigamy break chafes many
Posted on 02/11/2008 11:49:03 AM PST by JZelle
LONDON The British government has cleared the way for husbands with multiple wives to claim welfare benefits for all their partners, fueling growing controversy over the role of Islamic Shariah law in the nation's cultural and legal framework.
Bigamy is outlawed in Britain, but authorities have never prosecuted Muslim men who had legally married more than woman abroad and continued to live with them after immigrating. Shariah permits men to have up to four wives at one time.
Now, after a review that began in November 2006, a panel of four government departments has decided that all the wives of a Muslim man can collect state benefits, provided that the marriages took place in a country where multiple spouses are legal.
Neither the review nor the decision was announced publicly, and their discovery by newspapers late last month triggered uproar in this largely Christian nation a fury exacerbated by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' remark last week that some aspects of Islamic law are "unavoidable" in Britain's legal system.
The archbishop is spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, and his comment added to unease about Islam following the September 2001 terror attacks in the United States and the suicide bombings by Muslims on London's bus and rail system that killed 52 commuters three years ago.
The proposed use of taxpayer money to support multiple wives of Muslim men a figure that one estimate puts at up to $20 million a year has provoked widespread anger, particularly since bigamy is a crime in Britain, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
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For Moslems who rape, blow up buildings, undermine England,
and sell other peoples' wives at Gatwick auction, as Islamic slaves - NO PROBLEM.
“wives of a Muslim man can collect state benefits,”
Under muslim law a husband must provide for his wife and children. If they were muslim, it is their responsibility to provide for their families and this would not be an issue.
What happens when he does the spin-around three times and divorces them. He’s divorced — no requirement to tell the government.