We have had a long litany of stories where we have criticized the Saudi Sharia system and the Kingdom’s treatment of religious minorities and women. So, when the Kingdom does something progressive, it is equally important to note it. This week, the Saudi cabinet passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women. That may seem a bit long in coming — by a few hundred years — but it is a major breakthrough for women given the Islamic clerics who still insist that beating your wife is ordained by God, as expressed in the Koran.
The Saudi government has been trying to liberalize aspects of Saudi politics and law but such moves often trigger opposition among the powerful Wahhabi clerics in the Kingdom.
This legislation, for the first time in the history of the Kingdom, makes domestic violence a punishable crime and provides treatment and shelter for victims of abuse. The penalties include a maximum of 12 months in jail and fines of up to $13,000. Moreover, both civilian and military employees are now required to report evidence of abuse.
It is a proud moment for the Kingdom, though much remains to be done for women and minorities.
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rippleton 1, August 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm
0john0charles0heiser0, the Koran says, in chapter four titled WOMEN, “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you FEAR disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds set apart and BEAT them.”
As with the Bible, there are very many translations of every verse of the Koran.
Here are some other translations of An-Nisa 34 (a.k.a. 4:34) which are at odds with your version:
Here are some related Bible verses concerning women:
There are many others, but you get my drift.
Do you have other translations to offer for those bible verses?
Let’s do hermeneutics shall we?
It is time for the Saudi Kingdom to join the human race and stop abusing dogs. They can start by cease eating them and selling them alive, hanging by their feet in the open air markets.
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