Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, was previously bestowed with the honor of being named ‘Asshole of the month’ on this blog.
Willams said giving sharia official status in the UK would help maintain social cohesion because some Muslims do not relate to the British legal system.
Its introduction would mean Muslims would no longer have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.
His comments were strongly criticised by the National Secular Society but welcomed by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which stressed it did not back the introduction of sharia criminal law.
* Not yet. That’s only a matter of time…
Twenty members of parliament’s lower House of Commons signed a motion expressing “grave concern” at the prospect of Qaradawi being granted a visa.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that al-Qaradawi has been refused a visa to visit the UK.
The UK will not tolerate the presence of those who seek to justify any acts of terrorist violence or express views that could foster inter-community violence.”
The move was welcomed by the Community Security Trust, an organisation which works to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, as “brave and correct”.
“There were many different communities that were very unhappy at the idea of Qaradawi returning to Britain,” said Mark Gardner, its director of communications.
“His continued support for jihad against British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is just one example of his dangerous extremism.”
But the Home Office’s decision was sharply criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group seen as ‘moderate’.
Qaradawi has been banned from entering the United States since 1999.