Kimberly West

March 08, 2007
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One day before International Women's Day, human rights group ROMEA reports on the extensive violation of the rights of Muslim Roma women in Thrace who are living under Sharia law within the country of Greece. Greece is a presidential parliamentary republic similar to the governmental structure in many Western countries. The Greek constitution grants extensive specific guarantees of civil liberties to its citizens.

Why then are 13- and 14-year-old child brides being sold for 3,000 euros within the Greek Muslim community?

It looks like the Greek government is basing its decision on "cultural sensitivity".

ROMEA reports that on February 16, 2007, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Spokesperson George Koumoutsakos said that the acceptance of sharia is "an indication of a sensitivity of the Greek state to certain social realities of Muslim Greek citizens". According to a 2003 article from EU Business Greek Muslim Women Want Education First, Sharia Abolition Later, Islamic Sharia law is practiced in a 100,000-strong Muslim minority in Thrace in northeastern Greece. Thrace's three state-appointed muftis have the power to pass judgment on family issues in the traditional-minded minority, according to the Koran, Islam's holy book.

Some of the laws of Sharia regarding women are:

Daughters inherit a third of the fortune, boys two thirds. To get a divorce, a man just has to say three times he repudiates his wife. He then also automatically wins custody over the children when she remarries. A woman counts as half a man in giving evidence in a court of law. The wife must have sex whenever the husband wishes. Polygamy with up to four wives is permitted. Married men are allowed to have sex with their female concubines or slaves. In several Islamic countries a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man. However, Muslim men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women. Per Sharia, to protect morality and prevent sexual anarchy, women must cover their whole bodies, including their faces. Sharia opposes freedom of dress for women.

Sharia stipulates that the legal age of marriage varies from country to country, ranging from 9 in Iran to 13, 15 or 17 (in Tunisia). This is in keeping with the example of the Prophet Mohammed. He was married to Aisha, a 9-year-old girl, when he was 53. This must make it lawful then for 13-year old girls to be sold as brides for 3,000 euro under Sharia in Thrace.

Greece is not the only country where the Muslim population wants Sharia. Muslims in other EU countries, including the U.K., are asking for Sharia. In 2006, The Guardian reported that "four in 10 Muslims in Britain want hard-line Sharia Law introduced in parts of Britain, an ICM poll revealed. One in five also expressed sympathy with the 'feelings and motives' of the July 7 suicide bombers who killed 52 innocent people in London. "

There are also quiet activities underway to replace U.S. law with Sharia. The main goal of the American Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is to implement Sharia law here in the U.S. "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." This statement was made by Omar M. Ahmad, the Chairman of the Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR, as told at an Islamic conference held in Freemont, California, in July of 1998.




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The Greek government seems to want to hide what's going on in their minority group in Thrace in the spirit of "cultural sensitivity". ROMEA further reports that when the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), on 24 January 2007, queried about underage marriages, the official Greek delegation in its answer lied claiming that: "Underage marriages are not allowed or practiced."

Sharia law -- coming to a free republic near you? Happy International Women's Day.

Sources:

The Balkan Human Rights Web Pages http://www.greekhelsinki.gr/bhr/english/index.html

Roma People: Information from Answers.com http://www.answers.com/topic/roma-people

Greece: Sale of 13-14 year old Muslim Roma brides for 3,000 euros!, ROMEA, http://www.romea.cz/english/index.php?id=detail&detail=2007_129

United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CDEAW 37th Session, http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/37sess.htm

Jihad Watch, http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/015555.php

Greek Muslim women want education first,sharia abolition later, EU Business, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IslamicNewsUpdates/message/3724

Womens rights and the Sharia, http://www.ntpi.org/html/womensrights.html

40% of UK Muslims' want Sharia Law, The Guardian, February 19, 2006, http://www.islamawareness.net/Shariah/sh_news001.html

Should Muslim Quran be USA's top authority? Paper stands by story citing 'mainstream' leader pushing for Islamic America, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32341

International Women's Day, http://www.internationalwomensday.com/


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