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September 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

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Will New ‘Democratic’ Egyptian Constitution Allow 9-Year-Old Girls to Marry?

Egyptian Cleric Yassir Barhami Says 9 Year Old Girls Can Marry | Constitution

Egypt's Yassir Barhami says 9-year-old girls should be permitted to marry. (Photo via BikyaMasr)

An ultraconservative Egyptian cleric– who is part of the committee drafting Egypt’s new constitution– is suggesting the country drastically lower the age limit at which girls can marry, Egyptian media is reporting.

According to BikyaMasr, cleric Yassir Barhami cited the Koran in stating that once a girl begins menstruating, usually around 14-years-old, she should begin having children.

Therefore, he reportedly explained, “it is permissible for the girl at the age of 9 or 10 to marry.”

United Press international adds:

Barhami is a Salafist, a member of the ultra-conservative wing of Islam.

[...]

Manal al-Taibi, who resigned from the constituent assembly to protest calls for a lower marriage age, said Barhami and his allies want to legalize child rape. [Emphasis added]

It should be noted that Barhami‘s position doesn’t seem to be popular within the assembly, but as moderates resign or are pressured to leave, there are fewer voices to balance the fanatical Salafists.

Reuters related Thursday:

A group of high profile liberal and leftwing politicians in Egypt has said it will quit the assembly charged with drafting the country’s new constitution within a week unless its concerns over Islamist-influenced content in the document are addressed.

The constitution – which is being drawn up by a 100-member assembly – is meant to be the centerpiece of a new democratic Egypt after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year and its successful drafting is being seen as a litmus test for its new Islamist rulers including President Mohamed Mursi. [Emphasis added]

Ahmed al-Boraie, a former labor minister, summarized his complaints, commenting: “This is a constitution that brings Egypt backwards not forward.”

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  • Clairwil
    September 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM
    Quoting momof31995:

    Snopes is clearly left biased so that link is not even worth making clicky. Snopes is owned by George Soros one of Obama's biggest supporters so why would anyone believe he is being unbiased?

    Because snopes.com is all about rumors, it was only a matter of time before rumors began to circulate about it and its operators, such as the following:

    Snopes receives funding from an undisclosed source. The source is undisclosed because Snopes refuses to disclose that source. The Democratic Alliance, a funding channel for uber-Leftist (Marxist) Billionaires (George Soros etc.), direct funds to an "Internet Propaganda Arm" pushing these views. The Democratic Alliance has been reported to instruct Fundees to not disclose their funding source.
    The snopes.com web site is (and always has been) a completely independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators, Barbara and David Mikkelson, and funded through advertising revenues. Neither the site nor its operators has ever received monies from (or been engaged in any business or editorial relationship with), any sponsor, investor, partner, political party, religious group, business organization, government agency, or any other outside group or organization.

    Barbara Mikkelson is a Canadian citizen and as such cannot vote in U.S. elections, register an affiliation with a U.S. political party, or donate to any U.S. political campaign or candidate. David Mikkelson is an American citizen whose participation in U.S. politics has never extended beyond periodically exercising his civic duty at the ballot box. As FactCheck confirmed in April 2009, David is a registered independent who has never donated to, or worked on behalf of, any political campaign or party. The Mikkelsons are wholly apolitical, vastly preferring their quiet scholarly lives in the company of their five cats to any political considerations.
  • itsmesteph11
    September 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

     Ahmed al-Boraie, a former labor minister, summarized his complaints, commenting: “This is a constitution that brings Egypt backwards not forward.”

    Duh.....  and to think Obama helped put these people in charge.

  • Lacey14
    by Lacey14
    September 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Start them early so they will be more like liberal democrats?  Republicans aren't the ones asking for birth control for school kids.  Replublicans aren't the ones saying, go ahead and have sex when you are a kid, because you can always take the morning after pill from the school nurse.  If that doesn't work, you can just get rid of the thing.

    Republican mom's want their children to abstain from sex until they are mature enough to handle it.  Republican mom's are conservative and that includes raising their children in a more safe environment, and protecting them from the evil ways of the world.

    What does a child marrying at age 9, have anything to do with voting, angy or otherwise?

    Quoting _Kissy_:

    Got to start them early or else they wont turn into angry Republican voters

    Quoting PortiaRose:

    Hahahahahahaahahahahahaha! I pictured some 10 year old in a tie, and a 9 yr old burping a baby and them arguing about money.



    Quoting _Kissy_:

    Give it time, it'll be like that here, 9 yrs old brides with babies and 10 yr boys in sweat shops.





    Its coming.






    Quoting LucyMom08:

    Like the article said, that's what happens when the moderates are forced out and the fanatical extremists take over...so sad...


  • LoveMyTrio
    September 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    just gross

  • rnchelle93
    September 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM
    That's awful. But what does that have to do with the election in our country?
  • Kate_Momof3
    September 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Nothing. Itsmesteph attempted to link it to the election, but overall, it's just another post that reflects the Islamaphobia that is in vogue around here with some.

    Quoting rnchelle93:

    That's awful. But what does that have to do with the election in our country?


  • rnchelle93
    September 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM
    Ah, ok :)

    Quoting Kate_Momof3:

    Nothing. Itsmesteph attempted to link it to the election, but overall, it's just another post that reflects the Islamaphobia that is in vogue around here with some.

    Quoting rnchelle93:

    That's awful. But what does that have to do with the election in our country?


  • PeeperSqueak
    September 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I agree....and they think Christians were a pain for posting scripture ? They haven't seen nothing yet....."off with their heads" : (

    Quoting gsprofval:


    Quoting Ednarooni160:


    Quoting gsprofval:

    YIKES!!! That would be terrible for little girls who have no idea what sex even is let alone possibly having a child at age 9. Hope it doesn't go through.

    Strange isn't it how  some are against Christianity but they seem to be okay with Sharia and this mentality..

    Yes, it is strange. The morons on the left think their o-so-worshipped one will take care of them.  Little do they know how close the U.S. is to sharia law with obeyme in charge.


  • denise3680
    October 1, 2012 at 8:09 AM


    Quoting gsprofval:


    Quoting Ednarooni160:

     

    Quoting gsprofval:

    YIKES!!! That would be terrible for little girls who have no idea what sex even is let alone possibly having a child at age 9. Hope it doesn't go through.

    Strange isn't it how  some are against Christianity but they seem to be okay with Sharia and this mentality..

    Yes, it is strange. The morons on the left think their o-so-worshipped one will take care of them.  Little do they know how close the U.S. is to sharia law with obeyme in charge.

    I suppose by you insulting everyone that does not think in extremist conspiracy theory, like you and many of like minded people do, are to beleive that President Obama now wants sharia law.  Prove it, what bills, new laws, changes to our justice system has or have been implemented, engaged, or enforced that can prove this ridiculous accusation. 

  • imamomzilla
    October 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

     Will his own words suffice?

    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." - B. Hussein Obama. ('Audacity of Hope')

    Quoting denise3680:

     

    Quoting gsprofval:


    Quoting Ednarooni160:

     

    Quoting gsprofval:

    YIKES!!! That would be terrible for little girls who have no idea what sex even is let alone possibly having a child at age 9. Hope it doesn't go through.

    Strange isn't it how  some are against Christianity but they seem to be okay with Sharia and this mentality..

    Yes, it is strange. The morons on the left think their o-so-worshipped one will take care of them.  Little do they know how close the U.S. is to sharia law with obeyme in charge.

    I suppose by you insulting everyone that does not think in extremist conspiracy theory, like you and many of like minded people do, are to beleive that President Obama now wants sharia law.  Prove it, what bills, new laws, changes to our justice system has or have been implemented, engaged, or enforced that can prove this ridiculous accusation. 

     

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