For those who dismiss concerns about creeping Shariah law and the future of Democratic societies, check out Olivier Guitta's report on political and legal battles in Europe. In an Italian court, a family accused of beating and sequestering their daughter for being too "Western," saw their original criminal convictions overturned:
"In the first trial, the [mother, father and eldest brother] were sentenced for sequestration and bad treatment. The court acknowledged that the teenager was "brutally beaten up" for having "dated" a non-Muslim and in general for "living a life not conforming with the culture" of her family. But on appeal, the family was acquitted because the court deemed that the young woman was beaten up for "her own good." The Bologna public prosecutor's office then disputed the acquittal of the three accused parties, but the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation dismissed it and ruled in favor of the charged parties."
Thankfully, the rulings are drawing fire from all directions. Guitta cites a poignant rebuke from Souad Sbai, president of the Organization of Moroccan Women in Italy:
"It is a shame, this verdict is worthy of an Arab country where the Sharia would be in vigor. In the name of multiculturalism and respect of traditions, the judges apply two kinds of rules: one for the Italians and one for the immigrants. A Catholic father that would have acted this way would have been severely sentenced."
Guitta goes on to track other cases and gauge popular support for Shariah in other European nations. While there are places of fierce resistance, such as France, his depressing conclusion is that "Islamists, much to the detriment of the majority of Muslims in Europe seem to be making headway in Europe in pushing Sharia law into the judicial system."