Regulating Pedophilia: Justice Minister Announces Intent to “Regulate” Child Brides to Avoid Abuse

Saudi Arabia flagSaudi Arabia has been hit with a torrent of criticism over the practice of arranged marriages involving children often ten or even younger. In a spasm of reform, Justice Minister Muhammad Issa has now announced a major reform: the government will “regulate” such marriages to avoid abuse. Of course, this is like saying that you will regulate pedophilia to guarantee that it is not abusive.

Notably, the government has refused to prohibit the practice, even after the controversy of a marriage of a 47-year-old man and an eight year old girl.

These cases often involve daughters being sold to settle debts. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh has defended such marriages.

Courts will sometimes order that there should be no consummation until after a girl reached puberty. Since girls can reach puberty as early as nine, this reform means that men can have sex with nine and ten year old girls under reforms guaranteed to avoid abuse.

7 thoughts on “Regulating Pedophilia: Justice Minister Announces Intent to “Regulate” Child Brides to Avoid Abuse

  1. “Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh has defended such marriages.”

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    “Grand Mufti?” What do you expect from a guy whose title originated in the 12th Century–modern thoughts? I want to be called ‘High and Grand Mufti” or maybe like the character in The Mikado, the “Grand Poobah,” from now on! Please address me as such. :)

  2. How sad that the Saudi’s are able to flinch under the lash of criticism, but are totally clueless as to what that criticism means. How in the name of any God could the people’s or State’s interest be served by allowing such unions? Obviously, they think the interests are served and that indicates an inability to define true immorality. Along with that is a society of men who see women as sex toys and domestic help. It is pathetic and frightening that they exist as a powerful national entity. It also reflects an Islamic doctrine that seems to diverge from the morality it preaches, but then all religions have their medieval fundamentalists that serve as a drag on humankind’s progress.

  3. Grand Poobah,” formerly known as mespo727272,

    My indulgences to your keen observation and awareness of the sick situation.

  4. Anon:

    “My indulgences to your keen observation and awareness of the sick situation.”

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    We are not amused by these goings on.

  5. If I was paranoid I would think that comment was addressed to me, Grand Poobah,” formerly known as mespo727272. Since I am fatally secure in whom I am. These people and the like of Warren Jeffs do in fact make me sick.

  6. It is the fundamentalist philosophy and lifestyle that views women as objects. They were, after all, created by the invisible sky spirit for the convenience of men. They aren’t ‘real people’, just helpmates and servants.

    Fundamentalism is a sickness that infests human society.

  7. There is absolutely no morality in this depraved cult which follows the rantings and perversions of a depraved psychopath!!

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