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