Iran: New Bill to Protect Children Allows Men to Marry Adopted 13-Year-Old Daughters

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


"If only I was a Muslim."

“If only I was a Muslim.”

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t much morality in Islamic morality. But we have to respect different cultures and different points of view. Even when they’re marrying their adopted 13-year-old daughters.

Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with the London-based group Justice for Iran, told the Guardian she feared the council would feel safe to put its stamp of approval on the bill while Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, draws the attention of the press during his UN visit to New York.

“This bill is legalising paedophilia,” she warned. “It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalising paedophilia and is endangering our children and normalising this crime in our culture.”

She added: “You should not be able to marry your adopted children, full stop. If a father marries his adopted daughter who is a minor and has sex, that’s rape.”

That’s okay. The media will just explain that ones marrying their 13-year-old daughters are the moderates. The extremists marry 10-year-olds.

As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.

But… wait this all has a perfectly sensible reason.

According to Sadr, officials in Iran have tried to play down the sexual part of such marriages, saying it is in the bill to solve the issue of hijab [head scarf] complications when a child is adopted.

An adopted daughter is expected to wear the hijab in front of her father, and a mother should wear it in front of her adopted son if he is old enough, Sadr said.

It would be immoral for her not to wear a hijab in front of her adopted father. Let’s marry her off to him instead.

Iran ran into this problem when it tried to use temporary marriage to deal with the problem of co-ed classes in universities because that would allow men and women to work together in close quarters while technically being married.

A similar problem in Saudi Arabia led to the infamous breastfeeding Fatwa.

Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.

“A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed.”

Islamic morality. It’s morality as designed by crazy perverts.

  • Veracious_one

    and Obama is just drooling over his friendship with Iran….

    • Hetero+AmorphousMediaDigitalis

      If you really want to stand up and block children from getting jobs and leaving the house and getting married before 15 years, then you need to stop shopping at Walmart, again stop shopping at WALMART, the child labor importer. Please support the following bill in the USA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Labor_Deterrence_Act

      The God fearing thing we can do, is fix our own ‘Child Labor’ hypocrisy. Please visit the link to learn about the “Child Labor Deterrence Act”. Signing this bill will “Bring Jobs Back to America”.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Iran is light-years ahead of you,retrogade western liberals!

  • Tim N

    Arrgghh My first thought on spotting the headline was “Maybe Woody Allen will be moving there.” I suppose it was an obvious connection. You beat me to it with the photo and caption.

  • moesner

    i am moving to iran tomorrow and adopt a 13 year old gir. great news

    • Nat

      pervert another pedo o gather

  • Hetero+AmorphousMediaDigitalis

    Jesus was born out of child marriage. Mary was 12 years old when she married Joseph. She was only 12 years AND Six Months when she gave Birth to Jesus. See, The Book of James, aka Protevangelion.

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    Judge not, Lest you be Judged, in the totality God’s History.
    They run their country, and we run ours.

    Christians who slander IRAN on this topic, slander the adopted father of Jesus.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Jesus was born out of child marriage. Mary was 12 years old when she married Joseph. She was only 12 years AND Six Months when she gave Birth to Jesus. See, The Book of James, aka Protevangelion.”

      I’ll stipulate without getting in to Mary’s age that some, even many cultures allow *couples* to marry earlier. That’s entirely different than having prepubescent girls marrying men old enough to be grandfathers (or even great grandfathers) in those ancient societies. And they want the same things today because women don’t ever need to be ready to match men – in those societies. They are not allowed to match men. They’re chattel in those societies. Get it?

      Entirely different.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Judge not, Lest you be Judged, in the totality God’s History.
        They run their country, and we run ours.”

        We’re not judging individual hearts of repentant people. We’re discerning between doctrines and behaviors.

        http://www.openbible.info/topics/discernment

        All of the cited texts are invalid if the Bible teaches to never “judge” anything. Which is doesn’t. Context matters.

    • Veracious_one

      long ago all societies married very young girls, life expectancy was short in those days,,,today only Islam condones it and gives it religious approval,,,the rest of the world has evolved and improved…Islam remains stuck in the 7th century…

      • Hetero+AmorphousMediaDigitalis

        Long ago? You mean the 1900′s Stateside. LOL
        Moses and many lived to be 120 years old even in Bible times.

        The average being low does not make it alright. My point being that it happened. So long as the man marries are takes responsibility that is better than the divorce rate in the Americas.

        In College I was engaged to a girl 26years older than me. She looked like Bo Derek. Plus many wealthy men in America re-marry girls the age of their own children. Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher etc.

        What makes this grotesque is that American’s keep their daughters at home long after God gave them a period. We’re all too ashamed and shy to arrange marriages. I grew up Italian Catholic and was betrothed to someone 5 years younger than me. I turned her down wanting to do it the American way. Now that I have been though a divorce I’d rather have been in an arranged marriage.

        Based on the Divorce rate in the states being higher than any other country, Why is America so confident? Look at government spending. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Family/Marriage/divgdpwd.gif

        Italy with arranged marriages much fewer divorces.
        http://www.graphs.net/wp-content/plugins/php-image-cache/image.php?path=/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Divorce-Rates-Around-The-World.jpg

        Since the marriage age was raised from 15 years in the USA.
        http://globalgoodgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Divorce-Rate-425×318.jpg

        The story on this page turned into slander. What we should be asking is why did America raise marriage age and cause more failed marriages in the 1960′s??? Divorce in the States Doubled because we quit letting 15 years be old enough to marry.

        • Hetero+AmorphousMediaDigitalis

          To be clear I am not defending Iran. I’m sharing that America has gotten a little nuts with wanting to be self righteous while blocking young love from becoming marriage. How many of you thought you found the one person you would love forever while in High School?

          It’s upsetting that the law treats us like children even after we have a car and a job. I’d have married at 17 to a girl 19 if not for the law.

  • Nat

    I knew u wouldn’t publish what I said, u arab men are sad and lost causes and again I say all ur ding is getting off on youngs girls,u all need ur penisis cut off