Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Caught in the clash of civilizations

Caught in the clash of civilizations - International Herald Tribune
"Germany, a country where a painful history has meant at times an absurd reluctance to criticize minorities, provided an example last year of how ludicrous and dangerous culture relativism can be.

"A Frankfurt judge refused to grant a fast-track divorce to a German Muslim woman who had complained that her husband beat her. The judge said both partners came from "a Moroccan cultural environment in which it is not uncommon for a man to exert a right of corporal punishment over his wife," and she cited passages in the Quran that, according to the judge, sanctioned physical abuse. She was removed from the case."

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