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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'Religion of rape' attacks Syrian refugees

Khaled Abu Toameh reports that Muslim men in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are using their embassies in Iraq and Jordan to help them find 14 and 15-year old girls for 'pleasure marriages.' That sounds like rape to me.
Syrian female refugees aged 14 and 15 who fled their country to Jordan and Iraq are being forced into "pleasure marriages" [Nikah al-Mut'ah] -- a pre-Islamic custom allowing men to marry for a limited period.

Apart from being a cover for legalized prostitution (the marriage can last for as little as 30 minutes), Nikah al-Mut'ah deprives the wife of many rights.

No divorce is necessary in "pleasure marriages," for instance, and the husband may void the marriage earlier than agreed.

What is most disturbing about this practice is not even whether or not the wife has rights, so much as that Muslim scholars and preachers have given the green light to their followers to exploit the plight of the poor and helpless Syrian girls.
Since we have been told that Islam doesn't condone rape, and would never take advantage of minor children of poor families, you probably assume that there's outrage about this all over the Arab world. Well, no.
Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the pan-Arab Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, expressed outrage over the "ugly exploitation" of Syrian girls who fled the war in their country.

"Exploiting the conditions of the girls in the refugee camps by marrying them temporarily is a form of rape that must stop immediately," Atwan wrote. "Those responsible for this crime should be brought to trial."

Yet Atwan's condemnation seems to be a lone voice in the desert. No prominent Muslim figure or organization has deemed it necessary to denounce the sexual exploitation of the Syrian girls.
I don't know of any other religion that has institutionalized exploitation of teenage girls in 2012. Do you?

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At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, Carl you really prove yourself to be a fool. What you posted contradicts your headline.

YOur headline says 'religion of rape' yet your source clearly states this above.

a pre-Islamic custom allowing men to marry for a limited period.

Don't you think you ought to be condeming them for not practicing Islam?

Second, the exact same problem exists in Israel. Girls as young as 11 are traficked into Israel and forcedinto sexual slavery. If I were you, i'd clean out your house.

What does this have to do with Israel?Why is this news here? Why don't write about forced rape and sexual traficking in Israel? Even the US has told Israel to get it's act together on sexual slavery.


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