If our “mission” was ever to bring freedom and equality to the Middle East, we really should’ve started with Saudi Arabia instead of acting like they were our best pals. That place is arguably the most back-fucking-asswards place in the entire region. Any place that believes that women (in this case specifically, daughters) are effectively property is in dire need of a forceful drag into the twenty-first century, especially when the judges — the people looked upon by the country as bastions of legal wisdom — think that it’s a-okay for a nearly fifty-year-old man to marry an eight-year-old girl in order for her dad to settle some debts.
You can have all the judges and princes and SUVs and palaces that you want, but if you honestly feel this is in any way sensible, your civilization’s barely a step above clubbing things with femurs and fearfully hurling your own shit at thunderclaps. I mean, can you at least put in an effort to catch up with billions of people who don’t, for instance, think women need to be stoned to death for getting raped?
And don’t get me started on the fact that this story is actually not that far a leap from the original, traditional “Institution Of Marriage” that fundamentalists keep yammering on about, where it was more about women being property than anything else. There’s just so much wrong with everything that it nearly makes me physically ill.
I really don’t know how Christians can be swayed and converted by the fear of Hell’s torments when we already live in a world where this kind of shit happens. There’s little that could really be all that more terrifying than the myriad cruel and idiotic behaviors exhibited by the last several thousand years of humanity.