Fact Check: Pedophilia is a Cornerstone of Islam
Mehmet "Mohammed" Oz, a Turkish diet guru who supports gun control and pandemic lockdowns, is objecting to a tweet by Senate candidate Kathy Barnette.
Days before Tuesday's Republican primary election in Pennsylvania, senatorial candidate Dr. Oz said during an interview Saturday that a comment made by one of his primary opponents, Kathy Barnette, should disqualify her from contention.
The remark concerns a tweet from 2015 when Barnette said "pedophilia" was a fundamental tenet of the Islamic religion.
Oz. is hoping to become the state’s first Muslim senator and said the comment should be "disqualifying" as it attacks those who observe the religion.
"It’s reprehensible that she would tweet out something that is defamatory to an entire religion," Oz said in an interview with the Associated Press Saturday, just days before the Republican primary in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Certainly in a Muslim country, she could be beheaded. Or, like another Christian woman in Nigeria, stoned and then burned to death.
In Mehmet's Turkey, where he is a citizen and recently voted, blasphemy is a crime that can lead to prison time.
But America isn't under Islamic Sharia rule. Yet.
Still, let's address the question of whether pedophilia is as fundamental to Islam as it is to wokeness. Mohammed Oz fails to discuss it, simply fuming that it is "reprehensible" and "defamatory".
Obviously, the best defense against such charges is truth.
Here's a little contemporary background on Islamic religious authorities from Raymond Ibrahim.
Back in 2011, for example, Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, a prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.”
The grand point of the Saudi fatwa, however, is not that girls as young as nine can be married, based on Muhammad’s example, but rather that there is no age limit whatsoever. The only question open to consideration is whether the girl is physically capable of handling her “husband.” Fawzan documented this point by quoting Ibn Battal’s authoritative exegesis of Sahih Bukhari:
The ulema [Islam’s scholars and interpreters] have agreed that it is permissible for fathers to marry off their small daughters, even if they are in the cradle. But it is not permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men. And their capability in this regard varies based on their nature and capacity. Aisha was six when she married the prophet, but he had sex with her when she was nine [that is, when she was deemed capable].
But just because Islam legalizes pedophilia, doesn't mean that it's a cornerstone or fundamental. Does it?
Let's go back to Mohammed's original rape of Aisha.
In, "Islam Was Born Out of Child Abuse and Rape", I described that as the original sin that served as the power base for Islam.
Islam is the only major world religion where child marriage has the religious sanction of its prophet. Mohammed 'married' Aisha, his most notable wife, when she was six years old. The marriage was consummated when she was nine or ten at the latest. Like so many marriages, it was the product of an alliance between her father and Mohammed. Aisha's merchant father was Mohammed's first ally outside his family and went on to be Mohammed's successor. That alliance was sealed with the sexual abuse of his little girl.
Such arrangements are still common in the Muslim world today, where little girls are treated as gifts to seal an alliance.
Islam was born out of the brutal rape of a little girl. As the mother of the Sunni Caliphate, Aisha is not just an incidental figure. Her marriage to Mohammed lies at the heart of Islam. The alliance between her father and her abuser made Islam viable by giving its prophet his first real power base. After Mohammed's death, her father used that connection to the Chief Prophet of Islam, to gain the political upper hand over Mohammed's son-in-law in the civil war that arose afterward. And it was her father who oversaw the codification of the Koran in its written form.
The spread of the Islamic faith and the codification of the Koran were made possible only through the rape of a little girl. And there is no way around that. This is why child abuse remains a permanent part of Islam. To disavow it, is to disavow Islam's Prophet and his successor, whom Sunni Islam associates with the codification of their religion's holiest book. Muslims cannot tolerate gently mocking cartoons of their prophet. They certainly are not about to put him aside so that no more 9-year-old girls get raped.
So yes, pedophilia is a cornerstone of Islam.