Yesterday during the 28-week sex ed course that my husband and I teach at our church, we invited the 13-14 year-old boys in the class to give us words that describe marriage. Among those words: slavery. Of course we challenged this perception, encouraging discussion while attempting to broaden young minds.
You would think that they had seen a report by CNN http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2009/02/08/robertson.saudi.child.bride.cnn
on an 8-year-old girl who was "married" off in Saudi Arabia to a 47-year-old man to settle her father's debt. Her mother appealed the "marriage." The Saudi judge refused to "annul" the "marriage," putting forth as compromise a contract stating the "husband" wouldn't have sex with the girl until she reached puberty. Oh, well, in that case...
WTF?! Any country that refuses to allow its women and children to have basic human rights, including not being sold into slavery, which is exactly what happened to this child "bride," should receive no respect from the world. Will I live in a cold house, walk to the store, carpool to work to keep from supporting this nation with my oil purchases? You bet.
Fine, let's get our nation's finances in order, close Gitmo and bring our service men and women home. Let's bolster our schools and provide relief to families. Then let's put Saudi Arabia on notice that we are ready to shun them - and encourage our allies to do the same.
Please excuse my ire over this - I'm just appalled, sickened and saddened by this. Yes, I don't understand Shari'a Law. Yes, I don't respect it. But, honestly, can you blame me?
What could possibly be more damaging to the sanctity of marriage than this?
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