Hugh Fitzgerald: Marriage Jihad (Part Two)

As we noted in Part One, some Muslim men — in the U.K. that means mostly Pakistanis — also go abroad to find a wife selected by family members. Often the girl chosen is a cousin of the man, unsurprising in a culture that places such value on cousin-marriages. Having been raised in a Muslim land, the girl selected will, it is believed, be suitably docile, meek and mild, not having been influenced, as Muslim girls in the U.K. have been, by Western ways.

As for the girl in Pakistan who has been chosen by her family to marry a cousin from the U.K., for her an arranged marriage was inevitable, and she may see little difference between an arranged marriage with someone in Pakistan or with someone in the U.K., but should come to realize that there are benefits to living in the U.K. British law provides a limit to Muslim misogyny: the husband cannot “beat” his wife for her supposed “disobedience.” Her children will receive Western educations, rather than being limited by a school syllabus saturated with Islam. Polygamy is forbidden. A husband cannot divorce merely by uttering the triple-talaq; under British law, a wife has the same rights to divorce as does a husband. All of this improves the wife’s condition.

These cousin-marriages, however, weigh heavily on health care in Great Britain, for they result in many more children with congenital defects, that cost the NHS (National Health Service) huge sums for lifetime care. Shouldn’t those marriages be discouraged by the British government?

via Hugh Fitzgerald: Marriage Jihad (Part Two)

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