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Sheikhen Baby Syndrome

More genius jurisprudence from the Sharia set:

“Burkas for babies”: Saudi cleric’s new fatwa causes controversy

To protect baby girls from being sexually exploited, the Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, has called parents to make their female children wear the Islamic headscarf…

The Sheikh tried to back his assertion with claims of sexual molestation against babies in the kingdom, quoting unnamed medical and security sources.

When it comes to the sexual allure of the pre-kindergarten set, Saudi clerics are nothing if not vigilant:

Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter…

Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl. The reports said he questioned the child’s virginity.

Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay $50,000 in “blood money” to avoid a possible death sentence.

If only Sheikh al-Ghamdi had followed Sheikh Daoud’s advice and kept his daughter in a black body bag all her life, the poor chap wouldn’t have had to beat her to death.

UPDATE: More on what al-Ghamdi did to his daughter from Agence France-Presse. Not for the squeamish. Aside from the burns, broken ribs and crushed skull:

Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl’s back was broken and that she had been raped “everywhere”, according to the group.

But that’s unlikely to prove an obstacle to al-Ghamdi resuming his media-imam gig.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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