In a comment attached to the Overington article Daniel notes:
Islam and sharia know no separation of Mosque and State. Fact. Sharia law is theocratic - made by Allah and unchangeable - interpreted and applied by religious authorities (Ayatollahs, fatwas etc). To say otherwise is apostasy (shirk) under sharia – punishable by death. Fact. By contrast, Australian law, and our legal and political system is democratic. It is based on popular sovereignty where our secular law (not mandated by Christianity or any other religion) is changed by peoples’ Parliaments. Sharia law is therefore fundamentally incompatible with Australian law and Western democracy.
The Muslim ummah is divided into a majority that are sharia compliant and a reformist minority that renounce sharia law for democracy - technically apostates. Fact. Therefore, only reformist Muslims can abide by their citizenship pledge to abide exclusively by Australian law and Australian values. Fact. Quran 33:36 and many other Ayat say very clearly that Muslims must obey sharia law in preference to any other law. Anyone who says otherwise is simply lying (taqiyya - sharia mandated deception) or ignorant. '...It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed in to clear error...'. Q 33:36.
Sharia law is fundamentally incompatible with Australian law and the core cultural values it embodies for the systemic reasons set out above but also because of its abhorrent content. Fact. This is because sharia law punishes with death or barbaric punishments (death, stoning, amputation, whipping, confinement until death, immolation, and crucifixion): apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, homosexuality, drinking and gambling, and ‘making mischief’ (insurrection Q 5:33); and punishes theft by amputation. Sharia prohibits religious freedom. It permits slavery.
Sharia does not allow equality before the law (non-Muslims are inferior - Q 3:110 and 5:51 and 98:6). It employs barbaric lex talionis - ‘eye for eye tooth for tooth’. Sharia discriminates against women (women are inferior Q 4:34) and non-Muslims. It enables underage marriage and thus child rape, rape in marriage, wife beating, honour killing, polygamy, female genital mutilation, first cousin marriage, gender segregation and seclusion and forced veiling (niqab and hijab). Women must prove rape of suffer punishment as an adulterer. Divorced women are not entitled to an equal share in marital property and lose child custody after divorce. The man can initiate divorce without fault by saying talac three times (‘triple talac divorce’). Muslima get only a half share in inheritance (Q 4:11), their testimony is worth only half and cannot marry non-Muslims.
Very dangerously, sharia law mandates Islamism (Q 33: 36 and 9:111 and 2:216). Islamism is the sharia mandate that all sharia compliant Muslims must use all forms of jihad to subjugate all people to sharia law. Jihad has many forms - word, speech, dawa (proselytising), money (Halal taxes and banking and jizya), hostile immigration and demography (hijra) and subversion (infiltrating Government, universities, media and judiciary - see the Muslim Brotherhood ‘strategic plan’ captured in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding trial in the US - stealth jihad and civilizational jihad). The worst of all forms of jihad is violence and terrorism (Q 2:191-3; 8:12, 8:39; 8:60; 9:05; 9:29, 47:4). Sharia is therefore terroristic, supremacist, imperialistic, genocidal, Jew hating and fascist. Therefore all moral, sensible Australians are very rightly opposed to sharia law and see its spread as an existential threat.
To the extent that sharia is moderate it is because its tenets are not enforced not because sharia is moderate in its tenets. But many people simply will not address this by learning what sharia law is by independent study of the Quran, Hadith (Sunnah) (sharia’s two primary legal sources), Sira (Muhammad’s biography) and Tafsir (explanatory notes on the Quran). See for example the Team B II report of the US Center for Security Policy or Wikiislam. They choose to remain deliberately ignorant for fear or because it would destroy their multiculturalist Utopian fantasy. Those that support sharia through their deliberate ignorance betray their fellow Australians including reformist Muslims (that renounce sharia, jihad and Islamism) that Australians welcome and strongly support.