Suddenly, the U.S. Religious Right Doesn't Look So Bad


From the Wash Times:

Hard-line Islamic clerics in a northern Indian village have declared that a woman's 10-year-old marriage was nullified when her father-in-law raped her—and ordered the mother of five to marry the rapist.

The fatwa, or religious edict, was issued by Darool Uloom Deoband, South Asia's most powerful Islamic theological school known for promoting a radical brand of Islam that is said to have inspired the Taliban in Afghanistan….

The fatwa ordered Imrana Ilahi, 28, to separate from her husband and treat him as her son because she had sex with his father….

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh on June 29 supported the fatwa, saying: "The decision of the Muslim religious leaders in the Imrana case must have been taken after a lot of thought….The religious leaders are all very learned and they understand the Muslim community and its sentiments."

Whole horrible story–which has been protested by many Muslims along with other Indians–here.

The response of Ilahi's husband is worth noting: "My father is dirty and you are clean. I still love you and I cannot desert you." The Ilahis and their five children have fled their hometown.