'Tard of the Week - Sheikh Habib Al-Habib

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
You have to love the Middle East. They've managed to take the somewhat defensible ethos inherent in Islam and twist it up until it defends an unconscionable misogynistic culture that makes me want to puke.

This week's 'tard is a Saudi judge named Sheikh Habib Al-Habib. He recently ruled that an 8-year-old girl, who was married to a 47-year-old man in order to forgive her father's debts, was not entitled to an annulment.

The reason? Her mother brought the action on the girl's behalf, rather than the father, who was the one who pimped her out in the first place.

Instead, he ruled that the girl could ask for her own annulment once she had reached puberty, and made her so-called "husband" promise that he wouldn't have sex with her until she reached puberty.

Yeah. If the husband is so inclined, I'm quite sure that "promise" will stop him from having his way with this girl. Right. And in the meantime, ole Sheik Al-Habib can continue to stick his fingers in his ears and sing "lalalala," secure in the knowledge that he's done his part to continue a patriarchal tradition that has no regard for the rights of girls and women, or even common decency.

Way to go, Judge Al-Habib. Your understanding of human rights and child abuse is simply stunning. 'Tard.

5 comments:

Jim Wright said...

Yeah. Wonderful.

Personally, I can't understand way Muslim woman don't just strangle male babies with the cord as soon as they're born. Of course, I feel the same about most fundie Christians too...

Mummy Grabill said...

'Tard' seems too mild a term for this man (no worries, Janiece, I know you are using much stronger language in your head!). I look forward to voting for him for the Tard of the Month.

Nathan said...

My my. Isn't our Janiece busy today?

(Or is it just a spate of things annoying you all at once?)

Janiece Murphy said...

Nathan, I had a rough afternoon yesterday. So today, I'm ranting. Ranting, I say!

Random Michelle K said...

I agree that "tard" is not nearly a strong enough term.

I'm thinking something along the lines of a mutated afterbirth lacking the IQ God gave goldfish and the compassion a crumbling pile of bricks.