Saturday, April 05, 2008
You have to admit, Muslim men have worked out a good deal for themselves. I love the part about the Indonesian cleric who took a second wife to avoid "straying" from the first one. Think of all the trouble and expense Eliot Spitzer would have saved if that option had been available to him.
I'm sorry, but anyone who doesn't recognize that deep pathologies lie at the heart of the "Religion of Peace" simply hasn't been paying attention. The unceasing stone-age sillinenss of Islamic culture survives only due to the weakness and compliance of its women. Sad to the point of pathetic.
Nothing in my world of the 1960's compares to the beating, degradation and oppression that women get from the "Religion of Peace".
When my wife and I were dating in 1976 she worked as a hostess in a restaurant in California for a Muslim immigrant. He treated the female staff abominably but was nice to my wife. She was 18 at the time and her boss had decided she would make a fine Muslim wife because she "was tall could bear him many tall sons." I will never forget the look of hatred in his eyes when I picked her up from work the night she quit.
Some economists have speculated on this subject. There are built-in problems with polygamy. First is the number of unattached young men, basically eliminated from participating in the marriage market unless they are rich. An oppressive hierarchy is the natural response to their resentment. The women don't benefit from their own relative scarcity, however, because the husbands can play one against the other. They don't have to compromise with their wives for the sake of companionship. What they do instead is to make it a mortal sin for a woman to look for a better deal. It's really a basic distribution-of-wealth problem. A rich country can seem like a poor country if the wealth is concentrated among the elite.