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Amina Filali: Moroccan ‘Rape Marriage Law’ Highlights Worldwide Problem

10 April 2012 Loonwatch.com 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Morocco: Protests for Amina Filali and a change to the law

Morocco: Protests for Amina Filali and a change to the law

A 15 year old Moroccan teenager, Amina Filali was raped and subsequently forced to marry her rapist, despairing of justice Filali committed suicide.

Rape victims being forced to marry their rapists is an ancient practice that existed in many cultures throughout history, and is a real problem all over the world today, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

What compounded the crime was that not only was Filali forced to marry her rapist but Moroccan law was not on her side. The legal system in Morocco integrated this abhorrent cultural phenomenon in the 1950′s.

Islamophobes were quick at the time to misattribute the practice to Islam. For instance hate-mongerRobert Spencer wrote:

This is done because the focus in Islam is not on the rape at all, but on the shame the woman has brought to her family by her sexual immorality, even if she was forced. That shame is erased if the rapist marries her.

Not to be outdone, the looniest blogger ever, Pamela Geller wrote:

More female empowerment under the sharia (Islamic law).

These were just two of the most prominent Islamophobes commenting on Filali’s death, hundreds of hate-blogs and sites in the Islamophobic looniverse echoed such commentary, sprinkling in their own anti-Muslim spin.

The misattribution of such cases and issues to Sharia’ and Islam is of course part of the well-worn demonization war that Spencer, Geller and their cohorts have been waging for years now. Facts are unimportant in this war, any crime or heinous action committed by a Muslim must be assigned to Islam goes their thinking. Lying to prove their point is not an impediment.

What they and their drone like blind followers will conveniently overlook for instance is that,

“…in 12 Latin American countries…rapist can be exonerated if he offers to marry the victim and she accepts…In Costa Rica, he can be exonerated even if she refuses his offer…” (UNICEF)

The majority of these nations are Catholic Christian, are we then going to blame Christianity for these laws?

If one wished to play a tit for tat it could easily be pointed out to the Islamophobes that it is in fact the Bible which commands a raped woman to marry her rapist, not the Qur’an,

“If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”(Deuteronomy 22: 28-29)

Sadly, what is obfuscated and lost when the hate-mongers resort to racist tropes and Orientalist misattributions are the intrepid activists, the Muslim and Arab feminists who are fighting to change laws that can lead to such tragic results in their countries:

Morocco activists target ‘rape marriage law’

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  1. maybe part of the problem are ancient laws like this

    24:3

    الزاني لا ينكح إلا زانية أو مشركة والزانية لا ينكحها إلا زان أو مشرك وحرم ذلك على المؤمنين

    The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers.

    “If one wished to play a tit for tat it could easily be pointed out to the Islamophobes that it is in fact the Bible which commands a raped woman to marry her rapist, not the Qur’an,” another shining example of why we should abandon these ancient texts.

    and why seperation of church and state is perhaps the most genius part of america. keep all religous laws out of ALL american courts. PERIOD.

  2. I guess this can be looked at in many ways but there is another point of view. In Latin America and other places the government type is secular and not a theocracy. When you look at countries such as Morocco, they have many religious laws which force people to favor Islam. Now if they are willing exert strict control over people’s lives in the name of religion then they have the ability to abandon “traditions” such as women being forced to marry their rapists as part of a progressive Islamic Movement. Personally, I think that these type of laws keep women under control because if they were being properly escorted then the rape would not have occurred. The use of these laws is simply a way to keep women in their place. Muslims, in the parts of the world where they are in control have the ability to end these traditions and cultural practices if they so desire, including more serious crimes such as Honor Killings.

    Now as far as the bible is concerned if a woman is raped she has committed no sin, the sin belongs to the person that forced the act. This includes other crimes in which people are forced to do things against their will which violates their morals or ethics.

  3. criley,

    are u saying the bible, a holy book to jews christians and muslims doesn’t say what the author says it says? are u wacked?

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+22%3A28-29&version=KJV

  4. Ok Mike, First this is old Testament which are not followed by Christians as Christians believe in Jesus who fulfilled the old laws and by whose teachings set up a new way of living. With that said let me comment on the old testament verses.

    Many traditions have changed since the old testement was written. In those times a brother would marry his brother’s wives if his brother was killed. In some places in Africa this practice is still in effect. The culture was not set up for a women to be independent. Viginity was highly prized it was important for a man to know that the child born was his own. The birth order was just as important as that was how inheritance and privileges were determined for that man’s family.

    Ok now lets look at the biblical text in the quote. The bible does not use the term rape the passage reads as follows: 28 “If a man finds a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed and lay hold on her and lie with her and they be found” 29 “then the man who lay with her shall give the damsels father fifty shekels of silver and she shall be his wife. because he hath humbled her he may not put her away all of his days.”

    This passage says nothing about rape. In the Jewish version of the same passage. “”If a man comes upon a girl who is a virgin but who is not engaged, and he grabs her and has sexual relations with her, and they are caught in the act, 29 then the man who had intercourse with her must give to the girl’s father one-and-a-quarter pounds of silver shekels, and she will become his wife, because he humiliated her; he may not divorce her as long as he lives.” Once again it does not say rape though one can try to infer it from the passage.
    However, let’s look at earlier passages from the bible.

    In Deuteronomy 22 verse 25 it states that “If a man find a betrothed damsel in the field and the man force her and lie with her then the man only shall die. Verse 26 follows: ” But unto the Damsel thou shall do nothing there is in the Damsel no sin worthy of death for as a when a man riseth against his neighbor and slayeth him even so to this matter.”

    Now note: this passage equates the rape of a woman who is betrothed as equal to a murder with the woman suffering no guilt meaning she is still pure and able to be married. Also note the bible actually uses the term “force her and lie with her” which is clear rape. In Verse 28 dealing with unbetrothed women the wording lay hold on her does not necessarily mean rape, the woman could have been seduced or willing and the passage would mean the same. The intent is simply that the woman must be taken care of and if you’re a man who wants to sow some oats then be prepared to tend that field for the rest of your life.

    Overall the point is that Christians do not condone forcing women who are raped to marry their rapists. Jewish peoples also do not force their women to marry their rapists and all of Deuteronomy 22 must be read to find the Jewish laws tried to conceive of most situations with the focus on the girl being taken care of unless she was already married or was presenting herself as a virgin to a future husband knowing she is not a virgin.
    Muslim countries exert a great deal of control over the lives of the people within them. If women are being forced to marry their rapists or if a family engages in honor killings then the Islamic leadership in that country must approve and the Muslims in general in that country must approve or the practice would end or be greatly reduced. If they are willing to put a man in jail for stating religious beliefs that are not Islamic in nature then they can do the same for rapists and Murderers who kill family members.

    I do not like debating scripture on forums as it requires to much writing and space while still not getting all your points across.

  5. criley,

    now i’m totally confused. the old testament laws are meaningless. jesus changed them. ok let’s say that is so. so why did god lay down laws only to come “down” to earth to change them? why not just make the laws jesus brought, the original laws? he made bad laws through his prophets, abraham, noah, moses, elijah, etc etc. then the omniscient god thought, wait a second, that’s a bad law. i better make myself my own son and go down and change what i’ve already said? why not start with the “jesus laws” right out of the box? “Many traditions have changed since the old testement was written.” why did god create traditions only to change them?

    i agree the term rape isn’t used. odd that the author felt it neccesary to lie. the verse is bad enough in that it forces a fornicator to marry someone. and why is the father paid? is he his daughter’s pimp? how about just let two consenting adults do as they please?

    “Overall the point is that Christians do not condone forcing women who are raped to marry their rapists.” appearently not in latin america.

    what if she is not a virgin and not engaged? so raping a betrothed woman is worse then raping and unbetrothed woman?

    “was presenting herself as a virgin to a future husband knowing she is not a virgin” what? i guess this is where they bring out the sheet from the marital bed and if there is no blood on it they kill the girl/woman.

    “tend that field for the rest of your life.” you sound more like a muslim every day. is that 8:12 “plow into your wives as you do your fields”

    you miss the point totally. caveats not with standing. these are all bad laws and poor cultural tendencies. so if there is one true god, the god of abraham, why couldn’t he get the laws right from the beginning?

    haven’t checked it for accuracy but i saw “the girl with the dragon tattoo” the other day. lots of disturbing quotes from leviticus in it.

    “I do not like debating scripture” i see why. you are trying to defend non-sense.

  6. Mike, the old testement has a lot of value and lessons taught in those books mean a lot even to this day. The laws, as they were stated in the bible, were relevant for the times. From what I understand the Jewish people still follow those laws, because, as you know, the old testement is the Tora. Society changed a lot under the Roman empire and the teachings of Jesus better serve todays society. As to the tend the field for the rest of your life quote, it just seemed appropriate to the passage read. I never said I do not like debating scripture, I said I do not like debating scripture on forums. There is a big difference.

    Anyway, I realize that you are more of an agnostic and any belief in organized religion you think is frivolious. Its all good though because I enjoy your responses.

  7. ccc,

    “The laws, as they were stated in the bible, were relevant for the times.” so morality changes? is not god the alpha and the omega? again why not start with the law you ultimately want to be the law for all times?

    “belief in organized religion you think is frivolious”. not if the religion/god was well organized. but to give on set of laws based on local custom, only to change local custume latter makes no sense.

    but i do enjoy your comments as well. and i agree debate on these forums is less then ideal. especially the fact that you can dodge so many direct questions.

    what if she is not a virgin and not engaged? so raping a betrothed woman is worse then raping and unbetrothed woman?

    “was presenting herself as a virgin to a future husband knowing she is not a virgin” what? i guess this is where they bring out the sheet from the marital bed and if there is no blood on it they kill the girl/woman.

    so this is no longer good law, just for ancient times?????

    “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/kjv/lev020.htm

    27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

  8. holy shit. just today. is it germany or florida?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17690997

    damn the europe gives it away.

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  10. Mikemalzahn,

    You quoted from Qur’an 24:3

    “The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers”

    I think I’m missing something here; Is rapist as well as the victim of rape (female) are they all fornicators?
    We know for fornicators, the action is by consensual for both parties outside wedlock. While for raping, one part is willing while the other part is not willing (as the victim is being forced to do against her wish. According to dictionary definition). I think you evidence is not convincing enough. Look up for another one and stop your this Anti-religion activities.

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