Yesterday, the UK’s Times Online reported that Britain has officially adopted Islamic law by giving power to a network of five sharia courts to rule on Muslim civil cases. These sharia courts will be allowed to rule on such cases as divorce, financial disputes, and domestic violence. Such rulings are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system through the High Court.

Until now, sharia courts operated with the United Kingdom, but their rulings were unenforced, depending instead on voluntary compliance among Muslims. The courts are located in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Nuneaton and Manchester, with two more planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

How in the world did these sharia courts come about?!? The Times Online article explains it this way (emphasis added):

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