A Civil Action

Yesterday, I caught a bit of flak (and a whole lot more support when I tossed off a line at the end of a posting where I implied that I thought Sharia law was uncivilized. That was an error I deeply regret.

I should have said it explicitly.

  • I believe any legal system that permits a man to complete a divorce by reciting “woman, I divorce you” three times, but gives no such option — in fact, hardly any option — to the woman is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that gives women almost no say in who they marry, when they marry, is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that makes such private, consensual acts as homosexuality, adultery, and fornication capital offenses is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that includes such penalties as physical maiming is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that requires an allegation of rape to be supported by at least two male witnesses is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that punishes women who claim to be raped, but do not provide those two witnesses, to have confessed to adultery or fornication and punishes them as above is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that values the rights and testimony of the adherents of one faith over others is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that mandates women to cover as much of themselves when in public is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that mandates women be accompanied at all times by a male relative is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that mandates adult women of any age need their male guardian’s permission for ANYTHING is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that presumes that men are filled with uncontrollable lusts that can be unleashed by the slightest provocation by a woman is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that blames the woman for provoking those lusts in a man is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that is based purely on the tenets of a religion, and mandates that all must obey those tenets regardless of their beliefs, is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that says men may marry outside the faith, but women cannot, is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that tolerates “female circumcision” — the removal of the clitoris and, occasionally, other tissue — is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that makes apostasy — leaving one’s faith — a crime and punishes it with death is uncivilized.
  • I believe any legal system that punishes those who proselytize any faith besides Islam, and rewards those who promote it, is uncivilized.

Again, I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused.

(Update: “women of any age” modified to “adult women of any age.” Such was implied, but not stated explicitly. My thanks to Chad for spotting the sloppiness.)

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