I am glad that we are given freedoms of Sharia courts. Sharia is the way forward for all of the world. The west is criminal in its treatment of innocent men fighting for their religion.
We will topple the impure democracy of the west and restore righteous rule under the glorious leadership of Al'Bari'. Allahu Akbar!
The establishment of Islamic Courts in Europe prove that adherents to Islam aren't permitted to follow the laws of the State in which they reside. The fact that, in a Western Democracy, it can be ruled 'legal' for a male Islamic adherent to beat his wife is beyond atrocious; yet if a male citizen of the same State, who doesn't adhere to Islam, commits the same act, he will be charged accordingly to the laws of the State in which he resides. It is a double-standard that those who do not adhere to Islam have to endure. It is a situation whereby the Secular West is appeasing, and even supporting, the expansion of a religion in a predominantly non-religious region.
The attempt to respect cultures (Cultural Relativism) and their laws and traditions is widespread and has been around for hundreds of years. From the act of swearing on a Christian Bible to the observation of varying holy days by nations (and even the globe at large, i.e. Christmas) along with blue laws about church attendance in various areas that do get enforced from time to time CR is the dead horse we continually beat.
"The fact that, in a Western Democracy, it can be ruled 'legal' for a male Islamic adherent to beat his wife is beyond atrocious; yet if a male citizen of the same State, who doesn't adhere to Islam, commits the same act, he will be charged accordingly to the laws of the State in which he resides."
Unless this has already happened in a case that wasn't somehow atypical (meaning it isn't the norm) it won't and this is just an empty show of emotional force and attention grabbing. Most cultural tolerance does not actually allow a separate but equal state of law at all; the laws of the encompassing cultures must fall within the laws of the State residing specifically because starting in places like Rome this was a problem when it came to people doing all sorts of strange and dangerous rituals.
Our founding fathers were deists and Christians, yet they were also secularists.
Why do modern staunch right-wingers today lack the insight of our founders? Poor education and a "victim" mentality, indoctrination and fear.
Secularism only seeks to curtail religious influence on law and government.
Secularists do not care what religion folks practice outside of that sphere.
However, secularists also will not support bigotry leveled against one religious group by another.
Often, radical Christians feel Islam is a threat, and they react irrationally toward the entire religion, and claim victimhood when the secular government doesn't support their radical distrust.
So, no, secularism doesn't favor either religion over the other, but it does seek to prevent abuses my the majority against a minority group.
At least here in the states, there isn't much of a "secular world." The U.S. is extremely pro-christian. To the point that separation of church and state no longer holds true. And it is extremely anti-islam. There were even billboards put up and groups created to convince others that ALL Muslims wanted to kill us all, etc. A mosque opened up in manhattan and people got together to protest it because it was too close to the world trade center. All religions are allowed some exceptions to the law. I don't like it but I don't really like a lot of law either. I do believe in religious freedom though and some rights which should be given to muslims are often mistaken as being pro-islam.
The problem with being pro-christian here is that we are also becoming anti-science. Which is funny because most scientists I know are christian.
Secularism is Neutrality of Belief, there is to be no favoritism. If Islam is given some graces, then it is to equalize those that Christians enjoy for themselves. Same graces are allowed for all faiths. They have freedom to believe and follow their religion, so long as they do not impose their religions onto others nor influence Political Decisions.
Christians enjoyed dominance for centuries in Western democracies, they are screaming prejudice and persecution, because such allowances are now being made for other religions to level the belief system playing field.
Islam deserves as much right to practice their beliefs as Christians.
It is about being Fair to all belief systems.
Such is Secularism!