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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How are sharia courts different from "rent-a-judge"?

I have no particular interest in this subject -- the only reason why I am posting this is that some stupid troll, in response to my article about some anti-Darwinist statements made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, made an ad hominem attack on the archbishop -- calling him a "bedwetter" and a "wuss" -- based on some statements that the archbishop made about enforcing decisions of sharia courts in the UK.

As pointed out by this article, the decisions of sharia courts are now enforceable in the UK only if both parties agree to arbitration by these courts. How is this fundamentally different from the "rent-a-judge" practice in the USA? In the USA, parties in a dispute who want to bypass the slow government courts -- which can take years to reach a decision -- can agree to "rent" retired judges at rates of up to several hundred dollars per hour. How can these "rent-a-judge" agreements work if the judges' decisions are not accepted as enforceable?

Also, Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy blog posted an article generally supporting the archbishop's statements about sharia courts. Anyway, even if one does not agree with the archbishop, his statements are hardly outrageous.

"I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."
-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger


Anonymous "Some Stupid Troll" said...

ad hominem attack on the archbishop -- calling him a "bedwetter" and a "wuss"

"Insult" != "ad hominem".

Friday, September 19, 2008 9:02:00 AM  
Anonymous "Some Smart Blogger" said...

"Some Stupid Troll" said,
>>>>>>> ad hominem attack on the archbishop -- calling him a "bedwetter" and a "wuss"

"Insult" != "ad hominem". <<<<<<

I didn't mean that calling him names was ad hominem -- I meant that attacking his statements about sharia courts was ad hominem.

Friday, September 19, 2008 9:33:00 AM  

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