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March 23, 2007

Islam Triumphs Over Human Rights In Germany

If you are Muslim, you can beat and abuse your wife in Germany because the Koran sanctions it.

A German judge has stirred a storm of protest here by citing the Koran in turning down a German Muslim woman’s request for a fast-track divorce on the ground that her husband beat her.

In a remarkable ruling that underlines the tension between Muslim customs and European laws, the judge, Christa Datz-Winter, said that the couple came from a Moroccan cultural milieu, in which she said it was common for husbands to beat their wives. The Koran, she wrote, sanctions such physical abuse.

In other words, German law now holds that Muslim men may treat their women in a barbaric fashion that degrades and violates their fundamental human dignity -- because their culture and religion are fundamentally barbaric and sanction that barbarism.

Shocking -- and a sign that we in the West must insist that the Muslim minority in our midst conform to Western legal norms and respect the fundamental human rights of all individuals if they are to be permitted to remain among us.

This is a War of Civilizations -- and we cannot let fuzzy-minded politicians and judges surrender Western Civilization to those who would take us backwards to a dark and savage place.

UPDATE: While Ruth, in her much appreciated update on the case, assures us below that wife-beating is not permitted in Islam, I think this article should be taken as casting some doubt on her assertion on the matter. After all, why would the new translation be controversial if the verse in question DID NOT condone wife-beating?





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Greg, I have to disagree with you regarding the whole "War of Civilizations" thing.

For there to be a War of Civilizations, you have to have two civilizations.  In this case, you don't.

A better description of this would be the "Jihad Against Civilization".

|| Posted by Jacob, March 23, 2007 07:45 AM ||

 Great post. What a disgrace for Germany.  I enjoyed looking over your blog and will be back to read more. hello from Venezuela .

|| Posted by Jungle Mom, March 23, 2007 12:41 PM ||

Hi Greg (do you go by Rhymes with Right or Greg here? Sorry if I got it wrong).

Actually that judge was strongly criticized and isn't representative of German law. What she did doesn't represent any change in German law in which Islamic concepts take precedence over secular German law. Her ruling was with respect to a woman's fast-track divorce and only went that far. Additionally she misrepresented Islam by throwing together the Quran and what she acknowledges is cultural influence, and made the further error of assuming that wife-beating is an inherent part of anyone's culture.

This is what I read in the NY Times coverage:

"Judge Datz-Winter declined to comment for this article. But a spokesman for the court, Bernhard Olp, said the judge did not intend to suggest that violence in a marriage is acceptable or that the Koran supersedes German law. “The ruling is not justifiable, but the judge herself cannot explain it at this moment,” he said."

I wouldn't call her a wacko, but she clearly had a moment of mental crisis in maknig her ruling. I doubt she represents anyone in the German judicial system. And BTW, Muslim men may not beat their wives and the Quran does not permit them to do so. I don't want to go off on that tangent, but just want to make that point that anyone who beats his wife is a criminal in any culture.

|| Posted by Ruth Nasrullah, March 24, 2007 09:40 AM ||

...any culture or religion.

|| Posted by Ruth Nasrullah, March 24, 2007 09:42 AM ||

I appreciate the update on the case (I haven't had a chance to do it, but had intended to in the next day or so).

That said, I understand that the question of wife-beating is an open one in Islam, based upon certain Koranic verses and the interpretation given to them by some religious authorities.

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