AFGHANISTAN: Arianna Huffington on Sharia Law and the best interest of the child

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Always provocative, Arianna Huffington had an interesting blog post today. She suggested that Vice President Biden should resign. Very provocative, eh? But that was not what interested me. What interested me was what she said about The Sharia Personal Status Law and custody of children (and the fate of women) in Afghanistan:

Sharia Law with all of it’s violence has been made the law of the land by President Karzai – you know, our man in Kabul. The Sharia Personal Status Law, signed by Karzai, became operational in July. Among it’s provisions, custody rights are granted to fathers and grandfathers, women can work only with the permission of their husbands, and husbands can withhold food from wives who don’t want to have sex with them. On the plus side, if a man rapes an elderly woman or child, he must pay a fine.

Having done a few posts on Sharia law and divorce on our blog, http://www.divorcesaloon.com/sharia-law-and-your-divorce I was, of course, intrigued most by that paragraph than any other of Ms. Huffington’s dissertation. It’s one thing to tell a woman that she will not eat if she refuses sex. But to give her husband’s father (or her own father) custody of her children just because she’s a woman? What kind of society could honestly think that this is in the best interest of the child?  And how is it that American foreign policy is such that we support a president who signs this atrocity into law?

When one contemplates that, say, President Obama could ever sign off on something like that, obviously it’s laughable. Thus, it is befuddling how, as a country, we can support a president of any country who could sign something like this and make it the law of the land. It is a total travesty.

But Huffington was hardly focused on just that “small” issue. She was really calling for Biden to put his money where his mouth is and step down on principal due to his opposition to the war in Afghanistan, which, between you and me, I thought was hilarious. Not the war. Obviously that’s not funny. But the idea that Biden should resign. Read Huffington’s article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/why-joe-biden-should-resi_b_320929.html

stadiums, you know, Sharia law with all of its violence.”

This is indeed very tragic, and I share her concern. But missing from the discussion was the fact that “Sharia law with all of its violence” has just been made the lawof the land by President Karzai — you know, our man in Kabul. The Sharia Personal Status Law, signed by Karzai, became operational in July. Among its provisions: custody rights are granted to fathers and grandfathers, women can work only with the permission of their husbands, and husbands can withhold food from wives who don’t want to have sex with them. On the plus side, if a man rapes a mentally ill woman or child, he must pay a fine.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/why-joe-biden-should-resi_b_320929.html

stadiums, you know, Sharia law with all of its violence.”

This is indeed very tragic, and I share her concern. But missing from the discussion was the fact that “Sharia law with all of its violence” has just been made the lawof the land by President Karzai — you know, our man in Kabul. The Sharia Personal Status Law, signed by Karzai, became operational in July. Among its provisions: custody rights are granted to fathers and grandfathers, women can work only with the permission of their husbands, and husbands can withhold food from wives who don’t want to have sex with them. On the plus side, if a man rapes a mentally ill woman or child, he must pay a fine.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/why-joe-biden-should-resi_b_320929.html

stadiums, you know, Sharia law with all of its violence.”

This is indeed very tragic, and I share her concern. But missing from the discussion was the fact that “Sharia law with all of its violence” has just been made the lawof the land by President Karzai — you know, our man in Kabul. The Sharia Personal Status Law, signed by Karzai, became operational in July. Among its provisions: custody rights are granted to fathers and grandfathers, women can work only with the permission of their husbands, and husbands can withhold food from wives who don’t want to have sex with them. On the plus side, if a man rapes a mentally ill woman or child, he must pay a fine.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/why-joe-biden-should-resi_b_320929.html

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