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Marriage norms in Christianity, Islam and Judaism

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Submitted by Muhammad Abdullah (United States), Oct 2, 2008 at 14:44

Not a comment but a question. How old was Mary and Joseph at the time of their marriage, and being that both men, Muhammad and Joseph (who it has been suggested was one of the sons of Prophet Jacob) were from the same Semitic peoples, how uncommon would it be for them to marry younger women?

And in the case of the Prophet Muhammad marriage to a young Aisha, do pedophiles usually marry their victims? Her father was Prophet Muhammads best friend. Do fathers, especially well off, well known fathers allow their daughters to marry their alleged victims. If she was already promised or engaged to someone prior, obviously this was within the paridigm of their cultural norms. We know the Prophet Muhammad was over fifty, some Christian authorities, suggest Mary was 14-15, and Joseph was 90.

Do we really want to judge these people who have died centuries ago, when we have wholesale teens having sex, oral and otherwise, with no conscious. Because the ones who do it don't feel they are doing anything wrong, because they see their gods/idols, the Lindseys, the Paris'and the Brittneys doing it or the Magazines, paper and electronic say they are, or someone actually has them recorded doing it. Let's do something about that, or the un-virgin births that are going on right under our noses. We will eventually see who was right about all of this other Religious stuff, you, me and Bill Maer.

Sincerely,

Muhammad

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