And why would BartholomewÂ do that?
Bunglawussi lip spittleÂ Richard Bartholomew might very soon go where Australian ‘revert’ Siddiq Conlon ended up: in a cell.
Obviously, Richard (or is it ‘Dick’) supports pedophilia. Â Otherwise, why the whitewash?
Muhammad was betrothed to Aisha when she was six years old, and he consummated their union when she was only nine.
The hadith says of her age:
. . .Â [T]hen he [Muhammad] wrote the marriage (wedding) contract with Aishah when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed [sic, consummated] that marriage when she was nine years old. (Bukhari; once the readers click on this link, they should please read the parallel hadith below this one.)
The Ayatollah Khomeini followed his prophet carefully.Â He marriedÂ a girl of ten years old, and encouraged other men to do likewise, saying that fathers should give their daughters away before their first period:
. . .Â the Ayatollah himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight? Does ‘Dick’, [the Khomeini supporter] know that Khomeini called marriage to a girl before her first menstrual period “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house”?
From Joel Richardson, last weekÂ atÂ WND:
An article featured last weekÂ on CNN’s websiteÂ by Samuel Burke highlighted the epidemic of child brides throughout the Islamic world. Burke’s article begins by discussing the marriage of Faiz, an 11-year-old girl, and Ghulam, a 40-year-old man, in Afghanistan.
…According to Burke, there are approximately 51 million such child brides in the world today.
…The report continues to show that while Muslim men are supposed to wait until their child brides reach puberty before consummating the marriage, the private testimony of many women is that few Muslim men, once married, actually wait.
The implication is that from Morocco to Malaysia, “51 million” prepubescent children are being raped by Muslim men, under the sanction of either law or custom.
Burke’s article refers to the work of Stephanie Sinclair, a photographer who has documented child brides. Here’s what he actually says, in context:
Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride…Â She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. And it’s not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions.
…Sinclair says while many Afghans told her the men would wait until puberty, women pulled her aside to tell her that indeed the men do have sex with the prepubescent brides.
…In a Christian community in Ethiopia, sheÂ captured the image of a 14 year-old girl named Leyualem in a scene that looks like an abduction…
As regards Muslims, Burke’s anecdotes are drawn exclusively from Afghanistan and Yemen â€“ two particularly underdeveloped parts of the Muslim world. Burke does not claim that there is an “epidemic… across the Muslim world”, and the “51 million” figure does not refer just to Muslims.
Further, it should be noted (and is this a point that Burke also fails to make clear) that the “51 million” actually refers to older adolescent girls rather than to younger children; the relevant source is a reportÂ from the International Center for Research on Women, entitledÂ Too Young to Wed:Â The Lives, Rights, and HealthÂ of Young Married Girls:
Worldwide, there are more than 51 millionÂ adolescent girls aged 15â€“19 who are marriedÂ and bearing the burden of domestic responsibilityÂ and the risks associated with early sexual activity,Â including pregnancy…Â RatesÂ of early marriage are highest in West Africa,Â South Asia, and East and Central Africa, whereÂ approximately 30 percent or more of girls agedÂ 15â€“19 are already married.Â Rates are alsoÂ relatively high, but more moderate, in CentralÂ America and the Caribbean, where 20 percent ofÂ girls aged 15â€“19 are married, compared to 2â€“4Â percent in North America, East Asia, and Western Europe.
A footnote explains that “figures provided on early marriage and related trends are from nationalÂ Demographic and Health SurveysÂ conducted in the corresponding country”. Also:
…It is difficult to obtain data on marital status or age at marriageÂ among adolescents aged 10â€“14 because of the legal norms surrounding marriage and the fact that official statistics do not document illegalÂ behavior; in some societies, the proportions of girls who are married when they are younger than 15 may not be insignificant.
The report considers the various causes of early marriage. The authors cite gender roles and a lack of alternatives; the value of virginity and fears about premarital sexual activity; marriage alliances and transactions; Â and the role of poverty. Richardson, however, sees no need to take any serious research on the subject into account; it is enough to assert thatÂ Muslims are simply emulating the behaviour of Muhammad in his marriage to Aisha:
…Why is the left so enraged when anyone mentions the truth with regard to Muhammad, who is so clearly the primary source of the child-rape-as-marriage practiced throughout many quarters of the world?
When given the option of offending Muhammad’s followers or standing with the most innocent little lambs this world knows, there is no option. People of moral courage simply cannot be silent any longer.
Of course, Richardson makes no mention of age of consent laws in Muslim countries, as that might dilute the disgust anger we should feel against “Muhammad’s followers”; George Readings drew attention to these lawsÂ in 2009:
…Marriage to a pre-pubescant child with whom consummation occurs upon reaching puberty is not a model most people would be happy with in the modern world (althoughÂ BoliviaÂ sets the age of consent at puberty).
Which is probably why nearly all Muslim countries have reformed these rules beyond recognition. The age of consent inÂ AlgeriaÂ andÂ MalaysiaÂ is 16, inÂ IndonesiaÂ it is 19 for males and 16 for females. InÂ EgyptÂ it’s 18 for both andÂ TunisiaÂ 20. Reform has not, however, come to Saudi Arabia. Back in April the world followed theÂ caseÂ of a mother trying to obtain a divorce for her eight-year-old daughter who had been married off by her father to a friend he owed a debt. In the end she succeeded and now there is evenÂ talkÂ of Saudi Arabia preventing marriage before the age of 18.
What a shame that Richardson appears to put less energy into providing truthful witness than he does into trying to discern signs of the comingÂ Muslim Anti-Christ.
As an aside, it should also be remembered that a central story of the New Testament concerns a young teenage girl (in fact, perhaps as young as 12) who is allowed no control over her own fertility, and who is then married off to a man traditionally thought to be somewhat older than her. Is that something Christians should emulate?