Khomeini’s Disgusting Defenses of Pedophilia

Discussing the atrocity of young Iranian girls being forced into marriage, Maryam Namazie quotes Ayatollah Khomeini approving of some of the most depraved sexual practices you will ever read anyone endorse:

A member of the Islamic Assembly (Majlis) and its ‘Judicial Commission’, Nayereh Akhavan (here’s a photo of her), has said that there can be no ban on child marriages because there are ten year olds who have reached ‘sexual and intellectual puberty’ and because it would ‘contradict sharia’. We know Islam’s prophet consummated his ‘marriage’ with Aisha when she was 9. And of course there is Ayatollah Khomeini ‘s book of sayings: ‘Tahrir al Wasilah’, where he says that a man can even have sex with a baby.

He says: ‘A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising the child is acceptable. If a man does penetrate and damage the child then, he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl will not count as one of his four permanent wives and the man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister… It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house, rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.’

There’s more on sex with animals and placing penises between the thighs of weaning babes if you have the stomach to read on.

The book in English is very inappropriately called Ruhollah Khomeini, Sayings of the Ayatollah Khomeini: Political, Philosophical, Social, & Religious (“The Little Green Book”) [Bantam Books, September 1985, New York/London. ISBN 0553140329] by the moral relativist brigade.

In a follow up to skeptics, Maryam has posted a video discussing the practice and a link to Khomeini’s book in Persian.

Your Thoughts?

JULY 21, 2014 UPDATE: In response to the surge of interest in this post following a recent tweet by Richard Dawkins, Kaveh Mousavi has written a follow up post with more details about the veracity and the context of these incendiary remarks. I’ve blogged about Mousavi’s post here.

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