Saturday, March 24, 2007

Germany: It's OK to beat your wife...

...if you are Muslim.

FRANKFURT, March 22 — A German judge has stirred a storm of protest by citing the Koran in turning down a German Muslim woman’s request for a speedy divorce on the ground that her husband beat her.

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

Is it any wonder Europeans have rejected an EU constitution?

As Peter Wehner has said, Islamic Jihadists will not go gently into the good night. Western civilization would do well to avoid the unnecessary capitulation of fundamental human rights its nations have fought, bled an died for. The battle of ideas has already developed into a complex web of psychological diplomatic and religious asymmetrical warfare. It would be a shame to hand small victories such to an enemy whose cultural values starkly differ from our own (Husband rips wife's eyes out after she refuses sex).

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