It's hard to understand why elements in the secular Western world have started looking for religious-law courts parallel to existing legal systems.

On the one hand, most Western countries long ago battled with their own Christian heritage and separated church and state. But now, on the other hand, some seem to be inviting other religions to poke into state affairs.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently offered short-sighted advice to British society when he said the United Kingdom had to "face up to the fact" that some citizens do not relate to its legal system. Williams attracted worldwide criticism after seeming to support the introduction of Islamic Shariah law in the Great Britain.

Even if some citizens do not relate to existing Western legal systems -- whether in Britain or in Canada -- should a country adopt a different system for them -- especially one that is religion-based?

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