8 year old girl cannot legally divorce her 58 year old husband...

Here's an interesting/horrifying news story:

Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years her senior

By Mail Foreign Service
22nd December 2008

A father gives his 8 year old daughter in marriage to a 58 year old in exchange for a dowry.  The mother, funny enough, did not approve and filed papers with a Saudi court.

As the article states: Lawyer Abdullar Jtili said:"The judge has dismissed the plea, filed by the mother, because she does not have the right to file such a case, and ordered that the plea should be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty."

Too bad that the mother does not have equal rights as the father with regards to the daughter... not to mention the daughter's rights!

So as I wrote before in my "Why I engage in religious debates..." essay,

In Islam, Mohammad’s life is the best example of how to lead a virtuous life. How he lived his life is to be emulated by faithful Muslims. It is blasphemous to suggest that Mohammad’s moral example could be improved upon. This leads to some tragic modern day occurrences. The Sahih al-Bukhari is the most trusted Sunni collection of Hadiths which records the life of Mohammad.

It has passages like the following (the link is to the specific quote in the USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts):

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88: Narrated ‘Ursa:
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).

The Prophet is, of course, Mohammad, who is seen consummating a marriage with a nine year old.

If people honestly believed that this kind of behavior is the highest morality that we could even aim for, what effect could this kind of thinking have in the real world today?

This is not a hypothetical -- we have the answer -- the cited news story is just one more example of the effects of this kind of religious belief.

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