Who could’ve known that?

So…a guy who had sex with a thirteen year old girl won’t be going to jail.  Why?  Because he didn’t know it was against the law.  Seriously.

A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he  was taught that women are worthless.

Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.

Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’

Strange.  Since his religion is undoubtedly the moral foothold for all of humanity, you’d think he could’ve learned that from his faith.  In this case, it seems his faith kept him…wait for it…ignorant.  It’s like his faith made him worse.

But maybe this guy’s just one bad apple.  I mean, it’s not like many Islamic communities support this kind of thing or that Islam doesn’t have a precedent for this kind of behavior.  Right?

Aisha was six or seven years old when betrothed to Muhammad. Traditional sources state that she stayed in her parents’ home until the age of nine when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina, with the single exception of al-Tabari, who records that she was ten.

Oh.  Well, at least Muslims don’t try, often as a matter of culture, to emulate their prophet…right?

This is why we can see stories like that of Nujood Ali, an eight year-old forced to marry a man more than three times her age (who, under Sharia law, received compensation from Nujood’s family in the divorce).

The eight year-old’s parents said they could not protect her because now she belonged to her husband.  Look at me and tell me that they would’ve done this without the influence of Islam.

Once more: religion does not make people better.  At best, it can sometimes get people to do good things for bad reasons.  The “religion makes people better crowd” seem to ignore the fact that people also do bad things for bad reasons.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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