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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
A Marriage of Convenience
Religion can deny human nature, or create work arounds to support it.

So, the Catholic church cannot only grant magical annulments of marriages to completely undo years of living together as husband and wife, despite the presence of children produced within that marriage, it can also undo those same annulments.*

How terribly convenient. To develop laws and circumstances to get around real life "inconveniences".

Henry the VIII did it by creating his own religion. So did the Mormons.

Aside from the Catholic church, perhaps the most hypocritically convenient work around canon law of all, I give you the Islamic "one hour marriage". A convenient work around for prostitution.
With the comeback of democracy, the Shi'ite tradition of Sekha, or temporary marriages, has returned, in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005. This contract of marriage allows a man to get married with the consent of the Muslim religion for a certain amount of time, from one night to a few months. Here, Mullah Razul Jan, 25, as a Mullah, can authorize himself as many temporary weddings as he wants. Since he practices Sekha, he has married more than 100 times. He plans on marrying between two to five times per month depending on his money situation, most of the time for a few nights, which he negotiates for around 35 dollars.
*Just a thought, but if they can create the notion of annulment to deny marriage, you'd think they would have come up with some acceptable alternative for celibacy instead of condoning pedophilia.
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:17 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At June 21, 2007, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    If they didn't have the whole "Your palms'll get hairy and it's evil", they'd probably have some success with church-condoned masturbation. But WTF do I know?

  • At June 21, 2007, Blogger jwer said…

    They don't condone pedophilia, they simply ignore it or hide it.

    I really wish that women in general would take a look at the bulk of the world's religions, and see that they are largely designed to subjugate them, clear evidence that they were created and installed by men, and would then collectively say, "fuck that".

    Here's me not holding my breath.

  • At June 21, 2007, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    jwer: I exhaled on this issue a long time ago. And yeah, fuck that.

  • At June 21, 2007, Blogger tfg said…

    Actually, Chrisitianity uses women to further it's own goals. But it does that with just about everything else, too.

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