Saturday, March 24, 2007

Law for me, law for thee

Alice says, "the Prophecies are beginning to come true…"

A German judge has stirred a storm of protest here by citing the Koran in turning down a German Muslim wife's request for a fast-track divorce on the ground that her husband beat her.

In a remarkable ruling that underlines the tension between Muslim customs and European laws, the judge, Christa Datz-Winter, said the couple came from a Moroccan cultural milieu in which it is common for husbands to beat their wives. The Koran, she wrote, sanctions such physical abuse.
But this bizarre ruling doesn't do most Muslims any favour either…