Abolishing America, cont`d: Prophet and Loss

A recent contretemps between the
Southern Baptist Council and the

Council on American Islamic Relations
highlights the
problem of non-traditional immigration in American
society.

The Reverend Jerry Viner made a

speech
in which he called the Prophet Mohammed a
“demon-possessed pedophile,” saying that the Prophet had
12 wives, the last of whom was nine years old.

CAIR responded by saying that this
was

deeply offensive, bigoted and inaccurate
.

As I wrote last October, this sort of thing may be offensive in
tone, but the non-theological part of it happens to be

perfectly true
. Without pronouncing judgment on
whether the prophet was demon-possessed (Jerry Falwell
is agnostic on this question, too), or fit the
psychiatrists` definition of a pedophile, I note that as
always when you check these “inaccurate” defamatory
attacks on Islam out, they turn out to be true.
Mohammed, according to his friends, not his

enemies
, married a 6-year old girl, and consummated
the marriage

when she was nine
.

Jerry Falwell debated Hussein Ibish
of the

ADC
on Crossfire, and

refused to back down
. Ibish (email him

hibish@adc.org
) said he didn`t know if the Prophet
had a nine-year-old wife, and didn`t care, Falwell had
no business defaming Islam, and if you looked at the
Bible you would find

naughty things
there too. But Falwell had the

facts
;

Marriage to Six-Year Old

In 624 Abu Bakr (Muhammad`s daily companion and one of
his first believers and successor of Muhammad) gave
Muhammad his daughter Aisha when she was six years old,
although the actual marriage was not consummated until
she was nine. (This fact is uncontested by all Muslim
scholars and chroniclers without exception.) At the time
of their marriage Muhammad was 54 years old (the age of
her grandfather) – a difference of 45 years in their
ages.


Aisha herself testified
to these facts:


“The messenger of God
betrothed me when I was six years old and then married
me when I was nine years old.”


Source: Sahih Muslim (by
Imam al-Mawawy), vol. 3, p. 577.

[Book
008, Verse 3309
]


Islamic law has codified
this principle of non-consent for under-age women based
on Muhammad`s precedent:


“A father may give
consent to have his young virgin daughter married
without obtaining her permission, for she does not have
a choice, exactly as Abu Bakr El Sadiq did to his
daughter Aisha, when she was six years old. He married
her to the prophet Muhammad without her permission.”

This last point, that Islamic law
has codified this conduct based on Mohammed`s precedent,
is the reason that this criticism of the Prophet`s
private life is justified and important.

Islam holds that whatever Mohammed
either did or allowed to be done is his presence is
permissible. Mohammed did a lot of bad things. This
Islamic law is the official law in Saudi Arabia today (Pat Roush

reports
that her kidnapped daughter Alia, 23, has
been sold into an arranged marriage),  but that`s not the
worst of it.

The reason I bring this up is this:
this kind of thing can happen in America. It`s already
happening in England, where Dr. Theodore Dalrymple

reports
that so many young Muslim women have been
held prisoner in their own homes in order to force them
into marriage, that the

West Midlands Police
have a special unit devoted to
rescuing them.

The problem is that Islam has
very different
moral standards from those practiced
in America, and those standards haven`t changed at all.
Whatever Christianity and Judaism may have been in the
past, they`ve modernized, civilized, and liberalized to
the point where we don`t stone people to death (but
Muslims do, because it`s traditional), we don`t own
slaves (but Muslims do, because it`s traditional), we
don`t beat our wives (but Muslims do, because it`s
traditional), et cetera.

In recent years millions of Muslims
have moved to America,
England, and
Western Europe, bringing their religion and their
customs with them.

The usual suspects gathered to
condemn the Baptists for their excessive Christianity,
and according to

CNN
,


Ingrid Mattson, vice
president of the

Islamic Society of North America
and a

professor of Islamic studies
at Hartford Seminary in
Connecticut, called the comments "medieval."
She said statements like this from such high-placed
religious leaders can lead to

violence against Muslims.


"It makes me wonder what`s
the hateful religion right now that we should be worried
about," said Dr. Mattson (email her at

mattson@hartsem.edu
).

Yes, there`s the question: should
we be more worried about militant Islam, or about the
Southern Baptist Conference? Apparently Dr. Mattson`s

ivory tower
lacks a television, or she would have
heard about Al Qaeda, the

Taliban
, the

suicide bombers
, the

kidnap/murder
of Daniel Pearl, the kidnapping of
American-born children to

Saudi Arabia
, the abuse of women in Islamic
countries.

The Baptists, by contrast, are
exercising their First Amendment right to disagree with
Islam on faith and morals, a right they wouldn`t have in

Saudi Arabia
or any

Muslim country
, but do have in America. They
haven`t been infiltrating Episcopalian church socials
and blowing themselves up, to protest dancing and
sherry-drinking. Weighing all this, I have decided to
worry more about Islam, especially since the Baptists
are so peaceful, they don`t even have weapons of mass
destruction.

Recently Nicholas Kristof of the
New York Times
wrote an

op-ed
detailing the horrifying abuse of women in
Afghanistan, and suggesting that if President Bush would
only sign an international treaty on the status of
women, it would make things all better.

I have an alternative suggestion.
Why doesn`t the President sign a bill restricting
immigration from Muslim countries? That`s where the
abuse is happening now, which is bad enough, but if
mass immigration from the Muslim world continues,
it`s going to be happening here, which is worse.
Isn`t it?

June 21, 2002