Posted by: becketfund | February 22, 2009

UK: Senior Tory Seeks to Ban Polygamy

LONDON – Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a senior British politician is demanding that the government stop Muslim men from taking more than one wife, The National reported on February 22. Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party’s shadow minister for community cohesion and a Muslim, claims that “cultural sensitivity” is preventing the government from taking action at a time when polygamy is on the increase. Baroness Warsi’s call has angered many in the Muslim community who argue that the government should not interfere with a practice that is an intrinsic part of their religion. Polygamy is illegal in Britain, but Muslim men get around it by marrying a first wife in a registered, civil law service and then taking a second, third or fourth in an unregistered religious service. Baroness Warsi is asking that the government require all marriages at religious services in the UK to be registered. Manzoor Moghal, chairman of the Muslim Forum, has countered Warsi’s attempted reforms, saying that Muslims in Britain should be allowed to pursue their religious and cultural practices without interference from the state. He said that polygamy under Islam represented “the most misunderstood subject in the West” with a great deal of invective unfairly directed at it.



  1. England is on their way to becoming a muslim nation. “Purse their cultural practices without interference from the state?”

    Does that include beheading if someone leaves Islam?

  2. Salaam

    Polygamy is the best solution to end prostitution and teenage pregnancies and abortions. Every male must be allowed to have at least four wives to eradicate immoral behaviour in the society.

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