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Child Marriage Comes to Australia

The horrific crime is endorsed by nothing less than the example of Muhammad himself.

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Robert Spencer

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October 14, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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The girl’s Muslim parents forced her into the marriage when she was fourteen. Her mother tried to put a good face on a bad situation, enticing the girl with a picture of marriage as a never-ending party: her husband, she said, would treat the girl to ice cream and lollipops and take her to movies and amusement parks. Reality turned out to be a bit different: her husband imprisoned her inside their home and forced her to watch violent videos featuring jihad attacks against soldiers from Western countries. He also raped her and beat her frequently.

The girl went to her father for help. But her father, as she recounted later, was completely unsympathetic, telling her: “So what if he raped you? So what if he bashed you? The only way you can come back to me is in a coffin.”

This didn’t happen in Pakistan, or Egypt, or Indonesia. This girl suffered in comfortable suburban Australia, where Western society failed her as thoroughly as did Islamic society: she went to a teacher and explained what was happening, but despite laws requiring teachers to report such incidents, nothing was done.

Perhaps the teacher was afraid that if she reported the girl’s husband, she’d be accused of “bigotry” and “hate.” The forces promoting multiculturalism are as strong and deeply entrenched in Australia as they are in Europe and the United States. But inevitably, the multiculturalist acceptance of all things Islamic and stigmatization of any and all opposition to Islamic law as “racist” and “bigoted” are going to come into conflict with core Western principles of human rights and human dignity. This Muslim teenager’s teacher apparently accepted child marriage and spousal abuse as the price of eschewing “Islamophobia.”

Last week I wrote that Western countries were soon “going to have to make a choice as to whether they’re going to affirm the human dignity of women and maintain the illegality of polygamy, or whether they’re going to allow them to become mere possessions and playthings, denizens of de facto harems.” The same choice is coming regarding child marriage. Australian society, along with European and American society as well, is before too long going to have to choose between protecting the rights of women and thus fighting against child marriage, or allowing it in the interests of marching together with Sharia adherents into the brave new multicultural future.

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Most people don’t believe this choice will ever have to be made, because they don’t realize how entrenched child marriage is within Islamic law. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death) (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Muhammad is an “excellent example” for Muslims (Qur’an 33:21), which in practice means that whatever Muhammad did is good, right, and to be emulated.

This girl in Australia is not a singular case: many other Muslims in the West are emulating Muhammad’s example in this. The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) has stated that in England in 2010, at least thirty girls in Islington, a neighborhood of greater London, were forced into marriage, and that some were as young as nine years old. And just this month, an undercover investigation in Britain revealed eighteen mosques that agreed to perform child marriages. In Sweden, meanwhile, there are several hundred reported incidences of child marriage every year. And that’s just what gets reported. Anyone who thinks that all or most forced marriage and child marriage cases come to the attention of Western authorities is simply naïve.shariamarriage

Likewise naïve are those who believe that stopping child marriage in Western countries will be a simple matter of enforcing our own laws. The relentless campaigns against anti-Sharia legislation have already branded foes of Islamic law as “bigots.” What’s more, Islamic leaders in the West, since child marriage is endorsed by nothing less than the example of Muhammad himself, are certain eventually to begin to resist attempts to prosecute those who engage in it.

This is already happening in Muslim countries. In 2009, Muslim clerics in Yemen issued a fatwa declaring that opposition to child marriage makes one an apostate from Islam. A law raising the legal marriage age for girls to adult levels was nevertheless passed, but then almost immediately repealed after some Yemeni legislators argued that it was un-Islamic. In Malaysia in December 2010, a government minister, Nazri Aziz, said at a press conference that the Malaysian government had no plans to legislate against child marriage, because of Islam: “If the religion allows it, then we can’t legislate against it.”

In July 2013, a Muslim leader named Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari warmly endorsed the Nigerian Senate’s approval of child marriage, and accused foes of child marriage of lacking respect for Muslims and their rights: “People should learn to respect other people’s sensibilities. … We Muslims have the right to marry when we want or give out our daughters at any age we want. It is not your business and the law must respect our right to do so. Anything short of that is an infringement on our rights.”

It will come to this in our countries: “respect” Muslim sensibilities, or stop child marriage. In Australia, in the case of this young victim of forced marriage, child marriage, and spousal abuse, it already should have.

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Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In.

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Said it before and will say it again:

Satan LOVES Islam -- it denigrates, demeans, and demoralizes all humans who embrace it. He LOVES that.
39 weeks ago
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You can have women's liberation or Islam but not both.
39 weeks ago
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Thank you, Mr. Spencer, for your dedication to stand against this atrocity. Islam is a religion of absurdity and repulsion because the book that Muslims adhere to is a manual for violence and murder. I will continue to speak out whenever I have the opportunity to do so and am grateful to know that others, like yourself and Pamela Geller, are on the front lines defending young girls, and boys, for the sake of decency.
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29 weeks ago
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To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds our elites welcome our new Muslim overlords.

At least they will at first...after all, they're CHRISTIANS!

Ironically, as a older Orthodox man I can arguably expect more respect from Muslims than our current elites based on history although modern practice seems to indicate otherwise. Meanwhile those who thought me and mine were their greatest threat to their libertine lifestyles ain't seen nothing yet.
39 weeks ago
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That should be "they're not CHRISTIANS"
39 weeks ago
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This is just another affirmation that muslim males [not Muslim Men] are not able to court and win the affection of an adult female. As a result they want a mate that they can bully and dominate. When we leave Afghanistan we ought to give each Muslim Woman a handgun and a full clip just to make things interesting.
39 weeks ago
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when feminism first reared its ugly head in the courts/family law (early 70's?) there was not a word spoken in protest. now the average 'forever' in marriage is what, 2 - 3 years, w/ 80% of divorces now filed for by women? songs like 'she got the gold mine and he got the shaft' are all over the place for good reason. but it didn't stop there. up until quite recently have adult women been allowed to rape minor children w/o consequences. donahue had a show (90's) on this very subject and wound up scolding his audience about aggressively taking up for these horrible women. today we have an epidemic of woman teacher/child crimes where they still typically only get a slap on the wrist. the judge said in court that mary laturno was 'too pretty to go to jail', until she went back multiple times. remember? false accusations against men for rape, d.v. and child molestation are routinely used by lawyers/women to get a better judgment in divorce cases. no worries, little to no punishment involved for women. men's lives are destroyed just by the accusation, and their faces plastered everywhere.

point being, progressives (feminists) long ago assaulted our laws and were allowed, even encouraged, to destroy the man/woman bonds of marriage. giving one party special privileges is supposed to be a no-no under our system of laws. there aren't to be any special people, or groups. remember 'equality before the law'? a precept of our laws established by our forefathers. once the 'precepts of law' (fairness, equality, truth, etc.) were breached, we were done as a just society. there can be no justice w/o ALL the precepts in ALL of our laws. that's u.s. law 101.

so now we have everyone here (and elsewhere) attacking polygamy, sharia law, child brides and so forth as being evil and invading/changing our way of life. in case nobody noticed, our way of life was destroyed when lawyers in robes started deciding what happens to our families. it quietly became the divorce industry, quickly followed by the abortion industry, and the prison industry, and so forth. lawyers loved it all. whatever feminists wanted in the early 70's was given, to basically take from one group (men), and give to others (women, lawyers, jailers, and on and on right down the long, long list). then affirmative action hit and almost every perceived victims group gets special treatment 'before the law'.

looks to me that what is going on now is just the worm turning. one evil is morphing into something just as ugly and destructive as what feminists were first allowed (by the courts) to inflict on us back when.

odd how our 'president' (w/ a suspect law degree) supports both opposite causes (feminism/sharia) by word and by action. progressives have strange bedfellows for sure.
39 weeks ago
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A barbaric religion stuck in the Dark Ages. Any grown man who would rape a child of either sex should be castrated with a dull spoon. Children are unable to give consent in the eyes of the law, therefor sex with minors is rape.

The accusation below that Orthodox Jews sanction pedophilia IMHO is based on inaccurate translations and ignorance.

It is incumbent upon any civilized society to have certain standards of behavior. Marriage between one man and one woman has over the ages proven to be the most conducive to a healthy society and healthy environment for children. Moral relativism does not change that fact nor in my mind does it legitimize other arrangements. Until dictionaries began succumbing to pressure from the radical homosexual community the very definition of marriage was a union between man and woman.

I support personal liberty to a point. Beyond that point lies chaos.
39 weeks ago
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You echo the wisdom of Paul who routinely tried to warn his disciples on the differences between liberty and license.
38 weeks ago
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Teachers and other public employees in positions of power must be required to form the first line of defense against cultural invasion. If they cannot accomplish that task, they must be fired or replace by someone who can. This has to be non-negotiable.
39 weeks ago
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It reminds me of the Talmudic Jewish beliefs that it's ok to have sex with children. (Obviously Normal Torah Jews don't believe this, but the Talmudic Jewish beliefs are very specific in supporting this.)

http://www.henrymakow.com/does_talmud_condone_pedophilia.html

There is a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE Difference between Gays "CONSENSUAL" actions with one another, versus taking control over a child, raping them, manipulating them, having sex with them which is Pedophilia, and then trying to justify it with culture or Religion. Same with Polygamy, as long as it is Consensual for multiple wives, it's not anybody's place to tell others they cannot live that lifestyle. Any subversion of a person's Free Will is the issue, not people making life choices. People need to stop legislating judgment on one another, and start asking whether a person's rights to do as they please are being honored. That is truly all that matters, True Freedom for the people.
39 weeks ago
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You're kidding right? That's simply the most silly comment I've read on this sight ever. Your anti-semitism is thinly veiled.
39 weeks ago
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Jeesh! Nice casual Jew bashing there. Why not use the actual Talmud or an expert on Talmudic Tanakh as your reference instead of a professional anti-Zionist like Henry Makow? I'm not even Jewish and I've heard that guy drone on about how Muslims should have their 57 apartheid states but the Jews should have no homeland at all. They'll give a Ph.d. to anyone now, apparently.

On the issue of sex with children in Jusaism - sex outside of marriage is strictly forbidden in the Jewish religion and the age of marriage, though differing according to national norms is at its earliest 13 for males and 12 for females. No marriage can take place unless the female does so willingly. Websites that state that Jusiasm allows pediphelia are almost always Muslim and if not, are anti-Zionists. (and Muslims themselves DO allow pedophelia - and even sex with your newly dead wife, according to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - go figure!)
39 weeks ago
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pure fiction and purely libelous very popular with Muslims
your source? a jewhater site replete with conspiracy trutherisms

no cigar
39 weeks ago
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Said it before and will say it again:

Satan LOVES Islam -- it denigrates, demeans, and demoralizes all humans who embrace it. He LOVES that.
39 weeks ago
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Register Democrat, espouse multiculturalism, submit to Islam >>> Test drive your very own 9 year old wife.
39 weeks ago
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I fully expect to hear soon that the Jews took slaves and forced them to build the pyramids. I live in NY and already I have heard on several occasions that Jews flew the planes into the World Trade Center and that 900 Jews didn't go to work there that day. Does Islam do ANYTHING but murder and lie?
39 weeks ago
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The Imams ranted about how 9-11 was a set up by Bush and the Jews, etc. Then, the next rant of Friday prayers they praised the Magnificent 19. How can they reconcile these two positions? Muslim = crazy.
39 weeks ago
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Yes: it encourages child rape and clitorectomies.
39 weeks ago
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You can have women's liberation or Islam but not both.
39 weeks ago
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Put another way, you can have liberty or you can have Sharia, but not both.
39 weeks ago
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