It's difficult to have an intelligent discussion with people who not only don't understand the difference between principle and pragmatism (or worse, are hypocrites who apply principles only "in certain case[s]") but will knowingly tell blatant untruths.
JayDT 1> It's easy for people to say that one countries customs and culture are archaic or masogenistic or whatever, but at the end of the day that's their culture.
JayDT 2> Respecting the laws of another country to a point where I do not break them and do not show a blantant disregard as a foreigner for another countries laws and customs when in that country, yes
The first is a statement of principle which emphatically states that "at the end of the day that's their culture." It says nothing about what the poster himself would or wouldn't do.
The second statement suddenly invents a line ("to a point"), with no well defined formula for determining where it goes. As if 30 days jail time for a public display of affection isn't beyond that point.
Thaer> One of the most important rule of an Islamic marriage is Taqafw ( equivalence) ,, which states that they bride and groom have to be from the same age or close to each other.
Oddly enough when I google "Taqafw marriage" I get 0 hits.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Taqafw+marriage
If such a thing even exists, it must post-date Muhammad - who at age 51 married Aisha, a 9 year old girl!
Thaer attempts to then dismiss this as an exception to the "rule", but we've already see from the article in the Economist (quoted above):
|| poor and tradition
-bound as Yemen, where half of girls are married off before the age of 18 and many even before the age of 10.
Thaer> there nothing about culture or tradition here.
|| The sight of hundreds of women cheering a proposed law banning child marriage, as they did on March 22nd in the YEMENi capital, Sana’a, was hardly amazing. ...Yet the day before that demonstration even more women, nearly all wearing full face veils, gathered at the same spot to denounce the law as an imposition of unIslamic, Western values.
As I said:
That's the one of the deepest problems, even the victims are socialized to it.
(Or maybe they just have to be "more Catholic than the Pope" to avoid getting beaten even more?)