Thread: Irish Law and Muslims
12-12-2005, 01:09 PM #1
Irish Law and Muslims
In Ireland polygamy is deemed illegal. Do you think the law is "racist" like some Muslims claim it is? I don't but that's my own opinion.
Irish polygamy law 'racist'
From correspondents in Dublin
A NEW government regulation that requires Muslim men seeking Irish residency to reject polygamy is racist and possibly illegal, Ireland's main civil liberties group said today.
The government introduced the written oath this month after rejecting an application from a Lebanese man for both of his wives and all 13 children to be granted residency.
A married Muslim man seeking residency must now declare he has "one spouse only" and "has no intention of entering into a simultaneous marriage".
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties said the rule amounted to religious discrimination and appeared to contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.
Aisling Reidy, the council's director, stressed that she wasn't condoning polygamy, but insisted the practice was already outlawed in Ireland and so required no "religious-specific affidavit" to back it up.
She said the new rule "assumes that Muslims, irrespective of whether they come from secular societies or states that do not recognise polygamy, do not understand or would not respect the normal law of the land because they are 'different'."
In the past decade, Ireland, traditionally a country with a chronic emigration problem, has experienced its first wave of immigration. Census findings this year indicate about 20,000 Muslims live in this predominantly Roman Catholic country of 3.9 million people.
The Lebanese petitioner, Hussein Ali Hammoud, became a naturalised Irish citizen in 2002, after claiming asylum on the ground that he was a former "chief of security" in a militia.
Ireland granted residency to his second wife and five of his children, but rejected applications from his first wife and eight other children to live there, too.
12-12-2005, 01:16 PM #2Retired Vet
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I think its a good thing. We have total (or we're suppose to have) separation between church (religion) and state here in Ireland. If someone wants to emigrate here they should be willing to abide by the laws of the land.
12-12-2005, 02:32 PM #3Originally Posted by BOUNCER
12-12-2005, 02:46 PM #4
you go in a country you live by THE LAW!
damn it, they dont here, ****ing BS liberalized society of my ass!
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