Not only are some of the provisions of the Islamic law incompatible with our laws in the US, but in a few cases, Sharia law seems bizarre and grossly offensive. We'll offer an example.
A court in Sweden has ruled in favor of a marriage between a 14-year-old Syrian Refugee and her 21-year-old husband, who is also her cousin. The court made the ruling on the basis that the teenager appears to be “mature,” as well as for religious and cultural reasons.
According to the website Speisa, the girl was married off to her cousin when she was 12-years-old in their home country. The couple was seeking asylum and were sent to live with the girls’ Aunt and her family in Sweden. In addition to being underage, the teenager is now pregnant.
This is an instance of the Muslim practice of child marriages, where those we would consider to be underage girls get married to adult men. Authorities in Sweden attempted to resolve this case, but a court decided otherwise.
Social service authorities in Sweden became involved because of how young the teenager is and thought the marriage was completely outrageous, so they decided the logical step would be to take it to the justice system. The judge presiding over the case, however, did not share the same outrage as the social service authorities and did not feel any crime had been committed since the couple was raised with different religious and cultural perceptions of morality. The court also found the 14-year-old girl to have “matured” earlier and therefore could see no wrong doing.
The court's ruling is as bizarre and unacceptable as the marriage itself. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. Germany, in an effort to not offend Muslim migrants, has permitted child marriages as well.
There has been an ongoing issue in European countries like Sweden and Germany that have seen an influx of immigrants. Many courts are not sure how to proceed in certain situations due to cultural differences, and more often than not, they end up siding with the refugees in an effort not to offend anyone.
An eerily similar case was ruled on in Germany where a 14-year-old teenager married her 20-year-old cousin. A regional German court ruled to recognize the marriage as valid despite the legal age in Germany to marry being set at 16.
As bad as this situation is, it portends even worse problems as the courts are setting a precedent for allowing Sharia law to overrule a nation's existing laws.
Aside from the pedophilia, there are two huge negative implications on the justice system this ruling will have. First, these decisions mean Sweden and Germany now approve of Sharia law and may set a precedent for further introduction of Sharia law in the country. That means cases of slavery, mercy killings, and rape, all of which are approved of in some form in Sharia Law, could come before the court and be justified based on this precedent.
The left just seems to love admitting Muslim migrants to their countries complete with their unique culture and laws. Given the traditional radical support for women's rights that has been part of the left for decades, it would be interesting to hear their opinion of how Islam is protecting the rights of these young girls.
Source: Thomas Dishaw