PRUTSCHI: No comeback, just contracts, for Shariah law in Ontario

The phrase “Shariah law” conjures in many Canadians visceral feelings of revulsion and concern.

Disney hit a nerve in its original Aladdin cartoon blockbuster when the film opened with a Middle Eastern ditty chanting about its setting, “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like face, it’s barbaric but hey it’s home!” The subsequent uproar and accusations of cultural insensitivity saw the lyrics changed in later releases, but it did little to assuage those who felt comfortable painting an entire swath of civilization with the brush of barbarism.

That inclination remains strongly felt and appears at the root of my fellow columnist Tarak Fatah’s critique of a recent Ontario case in which the headline proclaims “Shariah law makes comeback in Ontario.”