A recent decision in the UK granted welfare benefits to the extra wives of Muslim men in polygamous marriages, even though such marriages are illegal in Britain. The success of their British brothers has apparently emboldened Australian Muslims, because they have mounted a push to take it a step further and actually legalize polygamy in Australia.
According to the Herald Sun:
Recognise polygamous marriages, says Sheikh Khalil Chami
Members of Sydney’s Islamic community believe polygamous marriages should be recognised to protect the rights of women.
Sheikh Khalil Chami of the Islamic Welfare Centre in Lakemba yesterday said polygamous marriages, although illegal, existed in Australia and should be recognised.
“…Not an open door but in a way everyone will have control,” he told Triple J’s Hack program.
What about the women? Do they have any control?
No… I think the sheikh just meant people, not women.
The new law would protect women from… well, I’m not sure what it would protect them from. Certainly not from being married to Muslim men.
But in any case, the sheikh wants to help:
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“It’s a bit hard, very difficult, but unless we face it, how (do) we overcome it?
“If you know there is law that will help you, there is community will help you. Why not? Why not change the law?”
It’s that same old argument: people are going to keep breaking the law anyway, so why not make the illegal actions legal?
Sheikh Chami said he was asked almost weekly to conduct polygamous religious ceremonies.
While he declined to perform such ceremonies, he said, other sheikhs did not.
“There are a lot of sheikhs here without any qualifications, without any place,” he said.
“They’ll conduct that marriage no problem at all.”
After all, burglary and murder were against the law, and yet people kept get burgled and murdered. So we legalized those two activities, and…
No, wait: we didn’t — we must have overlooked it somehow!
Another reason to institute polygamy is that it will save men from the temptation of committing adultery:
Islamic Friendship Association of Australia president Keysar Trad said recognising polygamous unions would help protect the rights of women in the relationship.
Mr Trad once proposed to another woman with the consent of his wife, Hanefa, but the second marriage did not proceed.
“I certainly would not have entertained the thought of having a relationship without a religious marriage and I thought the relationship with that person was developing to the stage where we had become too friendly with each other,” he told the program.
“Rather than entertain any thoughts of an affair I thought the only decent thing to do was to consider a proper commitment to that person.
What a great idea — a man can still get all the quiff he wants, but it’s all nice and legal! And Muslim women don’t mind; after all, they’ve been trained since birth to accept their status as chattel.
Asked if it was just about wanting sex with more women, she said: “Yeah it can be, but having it in the right way instead of having it in like go to prostitute or just date’’.
Now that’s showing respect for women.
The cause was taken up in the Muslim Village forum, with one of the posters making an argument that the opponents of gay marriage have been predicting for years:
I think there is a close connection to the same sex laws. They changed the law to allow gays to marry eachother..WHY? because they were being disciminated against? well Muslims have the same right..they should be allowed to practice their religion as gays are alowed to practice their..whatever it is.
Unfortunately, once the old definition of marriage is abandoned, there’s no logical reason not to legalize just about any form of it. If you’re keen on liberation, polygamy is the way to go.
Maybe Islam is modernizing after all.
Hat tip: Nilk.