Apr 30 2009

8 yr old girl divorces her “husband”

Category: Islam,Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 7:45 pm

I’ve commented before on child marriage in Islam, which is little more than legally sanctioned sale of a child for the purpose of rape.  Now, we have news that an  8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband

An 8-year-old Saudi girl has divorced her middle-aged husband after her father forced her to marry him last year in exchange for about $13,000, her lawyer said Thursday. Saudi Arabia has come under increasing criticism at home and abroad for permitting child marriages. The United States, a close ally of the conservative Muslim kingdom, has called child marriage a “clear and unacceptable” violation of human rights.

The girl was allowed to divorce the 50-year-old man who she married in August after an out-of-court settlement had been reached in the case, said her lawyer, Abdulla al-Jeteli. The exact date of the divorce was not immediately known.

A court in the central Oneiza region previously rejected a request by the girl’s mother for a divorce and ruled that the girl would have to wait until she reached puberty to file a petition then.

One can only wonder what the radical feminists in the USA want to happen in cases like this.  On the one hand, they’ve shackled themselves to the Left, which is all about cultural equivalence, moral equivalence, and just plain equivalence, with no one being able to say they are absolutely right about much of anything, other than the right (rite?) to abortion on demand, and the required obeisance to the gods of eco-paganism.  If there really isn’t an absolute moral law, who are THEY to say that Islamic fathers shouldn’t sell their prepubescent girls to men who want to “marry” them?  Isn’t traditional marriage just a cultural thing, anyway?  Can’t it be changed to fit the circumstances of the culture?  Who are we to judge these people, and just assume that our way is better?

UPDATE:  Along these lines, wouldn’t it be a natural fit for feminist organizations of all kinds to participate in rallies such as this?  I wonder where there are…..

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