A long time ago, I had a feature here on Bitchspot called The Religious Horror Show. In it, I showcased all of the horrors that came from religion, religious beliefs and religious teaching. In order to qualify, the story had to be unquestioningly in violation of social norms, typically horrific, and reliant on religion to exist. A serial killer, for instance, wouldn’t qualify for the Horror Show just because they were Christian, the crimes themselves had to be directly related to those beliefs and without said beliefs, could not be justified by said killer.
The original Religious Horror Show went on for a number of years and hundreds of entries, but after a while, I will admit that I found myself getting rather jaded by it all. After all, how many Catholic molestation stories or Muslim honor killing stories or African Christian gay-murders can you take before it just stops affecting you. It became less of a horror show and more of a “oh look, those religious scamps did it again!”
Therefore, in bringing this feature back, I am specifically reserving Sunday, the traditional day of worship for many religious groups, as a showcase for the horrors that religion can cause. If you have any stories, by all means e-mail them to me via the form located here. Since I’m only reporting once a week and these horrors happen every day, only the worst of them will be considered.
Recently, the independent film Innocence of Muslims caused a lot of controversy and bloody violence in the Muslim world when it portrayed Mohammad in a negative light. One of the claims against him, however, is that he was a pedophile. This is, at least by modern standards, undeniably true. Mohammad had sex with his young wife Aisha at 9 years old and the Qu’ran is quite clear that Muslims are allowed to have sex with prepubescent girls.
And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women – if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated. And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease (Qu’ran 65:4).
Therefore I suppose it’s no surprise to see an Imam letting his fellow Muslims to cover up their daughters because they are so sexually desirable.
But you know, that’s really not where the horrors come in. It’s one thing, I suppose, to warn parents to keep their young daughters away from horny perverts, it’s quite another to openly advocate the marriage of girls as young as 9 years old. Yes, you heard me right, I said 9 years old, but some have suggested there is evidence to demonstrate this may extend to girls as young as 5. The Sunday Times in the UK investigated Imams who were willing to perform weddings on girls as young as 12, so long as they were done in secret. Under sharia law, many Muslims believe that they are permitted to marry any girl who has gone through puberty, “it is not illegal for imams to perform Islamic marriages even when one or both of those marrying are under the age of 16. While some Muslims interpret Islamic law as allowing girls to marry as soon as they reach puberty, the practice is frowned upon by the majority.
While officials in England are investigating new legislation that would stop all forced and underage marriages officially performed, that likely won’t stop these underground Imams from marrying young girls to any willing older man. In a suburb of London, at least 30 underage girls, as young as 9, were found to have been forcibly married to older men.
Dianna Nammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), explained that the “marriages” were performed in mosque sharia ceremonies and were therefore not legal, but according to Nammi, “They are still expected to carry out their wifely duties, though, and that includes sleeping with their husband,” she said. “They have to cook for them, wash their clothes, everything. They are still attending schools in Islington, struggling to do their primary school homework, and at the same time being practically raped by a middle-aged man regularly and being abused by their families. So they are a wife, but in a primary school uniform.”
How screwed up do these men have to be to find a child of 9 sexually arousing? But hey, like prophet, like Muslim.