Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Allahu aqbar

Another story documenting how religion works to institutionalize male supremacy and female subjugation.

In this case, we have a Muslim religious court holding that when a father sells his daughter into slavery there is nothing that her mother, or anyone else, can do about it.

Saudi girl, eight, married off to 58-year-old is denied divorce
Ian Black, Middle East editor
The Guardian, Tuesday 23 December 2008
Article history
An eight-year old Saudi Arabian girl who was married off by her father to a 58-year-old man has been told she cannot divorce her husband until she reaches puberty.
Lawyer Abdu Jtili said the divorce petition was filed by the unnamed girl's divorced mother in August after the marriage contract was signed by her father and the groom. "The judge has dismissed the plea because she [the mother] does not have the right to file, and ordered that the plea should be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty," lawyer Abdullah Jtili told the AFP news agency.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/23/saudi-arabia-human-rights

Or maybe that's not quite right. Let's ask Rick Warren:
And, in response to a question about the Bible verse from 1st Corinthians that says “...women are not allowed to talk in church,” the Saddleback Church web site quotes another verse from 1st Corinthians: “[T]he head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
http://revcom.us/a/141/3_events-en.html

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