We’ve all heard the gruesome details about Muslims who employ sex slaves or use children for their grotesque designs.
While Western leaders insist it has nothing to do with “the religion of peace,” we’ve found countless instances where fatwas have been issued allowing the practice. Or, perhaps you could just look at the Prophet Muhammad’s and his 9-year-old wife, Ayesha.
How much can the religion countenance, one wonders? Well, in Turkey, a government organization dedicated to religious affairs (or at least, those of the Sunni Muslim variety) may have sunk to a new theological low: By their account, it’s now OK to engage in a romantic relationship with your own daughter.
According to the Gatestone Institute, the Directorate for Religious Affairs — or Diyanet — is one of the largest government agencies in Turkey. Its director, Mehmet Gormez, has a $400,000 chauffeured car provided to him by the government, among other perks.
In return for that largesse, the Diyanet is expected to produce fatwas — religious rulings telling the faithful what is permissible — for Turkish Muslims to follow. Not a bad gig, one might imagine.
On its website, the Diyanet had a reader’s comment section for Turks to ask questions of the department’s ulama, or Muslim religious scholars. On the Internet, this is seldom a good idea. Just look at the comments section of any YouTube video.
This proved disgustingly true for ulama at the Diyanet when an anonymous user asked last week whether, from a “religious perspective, a father having sexual desire for his daughter should result in the cancellation of his marriage.”
Apparently, someone wants to live out the Quran and the most repulsive moments of William Faulkner’s novels all in the same breath. You would think that any responsible religious official — and certainly one attached to the government — would be decent enough to answer that question emphatically in the affirmative.
As my tone might have let on, that’s, uh, not quite what happened.
“There is a difference of opinion on the matter among Islam’s different schools of thought,” the fatwa read. “For some, a father kissing his daughter with lust or caressing her with desire has no effect on the man’s marriage.”
The fatwa did point out that under the Hanafi school of thought, a woman would be “forbidden” to touch a man that did that (although the fatwa didn’t go as far as to state that it was wrong; while one might think that goes without saying, let’s also point out this is from a document from people who think it’s possibly OK for Muslims to make out with their daughters).
“Moreover,” the fatwa continued, “the girl would be over nine years of age.” Oh, great job, Sunni Islam. Way to blow your chance of getting R. Kelly as a convert.
You may perhaps have guessed that the Diyanet is not quite as permissive when it comes to matters of a less lecherous nature, and you’d be correct.
The organization has also issued fatwas saying that Muslims who have tattoos should “repent if unable to erase them” and that “gossiping and holding hands” aren’t allowed in Islam. In addition, the Diyanet also warned that Muslim angels would not visit houses where there were “dogs and paintings.”
So remember, if you’re a Muslim, don’t hold hands with your daughter when you’re molesting her — and for Allah’s sake, make sure she’s over eight.
At least there was some sanity injected into this wretched debacle by the people of Turkey. After citizens got wind of their government department’s fatwa on incest, the Diyanet claimed that their words had been “distorted” through “tricks, wiliness and wordplay.” The Q&A section of their website was shut down, and — like most links off of the homepage of a Geocities site circa 1996 — is now “under repair.”
That still doesn’t erase the utter reprehensibility of Turkey’s actions and the silence of Western media when it comes to a putative ally funding an government agency which openly encourages fathers to molest their daughters in the name of Allah.
H/T Mad World News
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