Fast forward to June 2011, and again, the introduction of a Domestic Abuse Law into Lebanese social and civilian life is rejected by the religious institutions because, again, they say it would lead to the breakdown of the family. Supposedly, the rape or beating of a wife by her husband keeps the family intact and raises "good" children. Never mind the lies and the fucked up loveless families that traditional religious mores and customs lead to... Never mind the generations of frustrated, repressed, unloved children that are produced by Arab societies these days, all of whom become violent, all of whom never become productive members of their societies and turn instead to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda to defuse their bent-up frustrations and repression. Never mind that Arab societies, in the opinion of Arab scientists and scholars themselves, are the least productive, the most developmentally backward societies on the surface of the planet today.... All the ills of Arab societies in our time are the product of religious edicts and the religious tyranny that opposes any change and any evolution from neanderthal-vintage traditions into the modern world...
Never mind that in Lebanese societies, and likely in all Arab societies, domestic abuse goes beyond spousal abuse by the husband against his wife, but includes incest and the abuse and rape of maids imported from poorer countries around the world and literally imprisoned by their employers. Dozens of these maids from such countries as Nepal, the Philippines, Ethiopia and others, kill themselves each year by throwing themselves from balconies, simply because they are locked in the apartments of the Lebanese families where they work. They kill themselves out of despair, because of the daily rapes and beatings.... and Lebanese police and judiciary merely ship the body back to the home country, and never investigate any criminal activity that led to the suicide.
The arguments by the Lebanese clergy - both Christian and Muslim - that Lebanese women who are demanding legal protection against domestic abuse are "cloning western ideas" is not unlike the southerners of the United States who opposed the emancipation of slaves because God meant the slaves to be slaves due to their inferiority as "blacks". These clergymen who run the organized religions of Lebanon are against any change, any improvement in the miserable lives of the Lebanese people who have been killed and massacred for generations because of religion. They want the status quo, they can't imagine losing the power they hold over people's lives.
Everything in the personal status lives of the Lebanese is ruled by unelected barbaric ignorant men with beards and strange hats who, having read a couple of texts from 2,000 years ago, claim to know the absolute truth and the "word of fucking God". So they cannot be challenged by anyone.
But the young generation of Lebanese and other Arabs know deep down that this status quo is holding them back, is keeping them chained to the past and to archaic and antiquated ideas. The revolutions in the Arab world today are a first spark in this gigantic Intifada that has now begun, and there is no return. let the churches and the mosques and all the fucking bastards of God beware the coming change, because if they do not embrace it and continue to oppose it, they and the religious institutions they hide behind will be the target of the anger and wrath of an enlightened and educated younger generation who have seen and know the truth, the real truth.
Dar al-Fatwa Rejects Domestic Abuse Law
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Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim authority on Friday rejected a bill aimed at protecting women against domestic violence and marital rape, saying it would lead to the demise "of the family as in the West."
"Islam is very aware of and concerned with ... resolving problems of poor treatment ... but this should not happen by cloning Western laws that encourage the breakdown of the family and do not suit our society," Dar al-Fatwa said in a statement on its website.
Dar al-Fatwa also slammed as "heresy" a clause in the bill that criminalizes marital rape, accusing those behind the draft law of "inventing new types of crimes."
"This will have a negative impact on Muslim children ... who will see their mother threatening their father with prison, in defiance of patriarchal authority, which will in turn undermine the moral authority" of fathers, it said.
"We must continue to follow sharia (Islamic law) as concerns the Muslim family," it added.
The bill, drafted by feminist organizations, lawyers and forensic experts, was approved by Lebanon's cabinet in 2010 and is currently under study in parliament.
Should it be passed, the law would come under the penal code -- under which cases are referred to a criminal court -- rather than personal status laws, which are ruled on by religious authorities in multi-confessional Lebanon.
The bill criminalizes marital rape and calls for police intervention should a woman notify authorities of abuse by her husband or another family member.
If found guilty, defendants would have to undergo rehabilitation or face prison should they fail to do so.
Domestic abuse and harassment continue to be taboo in Lebanon, considered the most liberal country in the largely conservative Arab world, with very few women filing complaints as police generally turn a blind eye and send the victims home.