SLOUCHING TO SHARIA
Something's rioting in the state of Denmark.
Hundreds of disaffected Muslim youths took to Danish streets this week after local newspapers reprinted one of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked violence throughout the Islamic world two years ago.
On Thursday, rioters torched a school in Copenhagen - capping four nights of street violence across the country.
Meanwhile, mobs from Gaza to Pakistan burned Danish flags and shouted, "Death to the cartoonist!"
Which, apparently, was the idea all along: The newspapers had republished the cartoon in solidarity after Danish authorities arrested three Muslim men - one of them a Danish citizen - for allegedly conspiring to assassinate cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
The violence hasn't (yet) reached the level of 2006, when mobs in Muslim countries torched three Danish embassies and killed more than 50 people in weeks of rioting. Still, it's an all-too-needed reminder of the grave problems Europe faces from its growing and increasingly separatist Muslim population.
One wonders whether Geoffrey Rowan Williams is paying attention.
Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, was still struggling this week to explain what he meant by his recent statement that the adoption of parts of Muslim sharia law into Britain's legal system is "inevitable."
Of course, he insisted, he doesn't mean the really bad stuff - subjugation of women and all that - it's just that, well, saying, "there's one law for everybody and that's all there is to be said . . . " invites "a bit of danger."
With all due respect to the archbishop, "one law for everybody" is the foundation of Western liberal democracy. Compromise that, and bad things will happen.
1) SLOUCHING TO SHARIA