What differentiates civilized societies from others is the rule of the law, where everyone must abide by the rules or face consequences. Nonetheless, as a Muslim living in the West, I have come to see that many of my fellow Muslims living in the West seem to expect a free pass when they break the law by using their religion as an excuse. Unfortunately, as the Western legal system is possibly afraid to be labelled "Islamophobic," this approach seems to work for some of them. Will the European legal system change its plea options into: "Guilty, Not Guilty, No Contest and Islam"?
In January 2013, an 18 year old British Muslim man who raped a 13 year old British girl was spared jail because he claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl, since his education left him ignorant of British law. He added that he went to a madrassah [an Islamic religious school], where he was taught that "women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground".
The rapist, Adil Rashid, admitted he had met the young girl online and travelled to a different town in the UK to have sex with her. Still, if he is able to use the internet for grooming a young girl living miles away, how could he claim ignorance of the British laws, which he could have searched easily online? Besides, how could you grow up in a country and then claim you did not know its laws because you belong to a different religion?