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Divorce is not the issue . . . polygamy is.

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Submitted by Maureen Cote (United States), Jan 18, 2006 at 10:12

So, Muslims will allow women to divorce -- not a big deal for them, because what's not to like about divorce as far as men are concerned? They'll just get another wife, when one of the four slips out of their control. In other words, divorce initiated by women is only a baby step towards reformation of Islam.

There's only one reformation of the Koran I'm interested in -- and I don't see Islam with its institutionalized, culturally ingrained misogyny adopting it anytime soon -- the renunciation of polygamy . . . .the end of treating women like fields to be plowed or camels and sheep to be tended. So Islam must renounce polygamy to be civilized. Period. Non-negotiable.

In terms of human rights polygamy makes chattel of all women. The existence of polygamy also encourages the ongoing enslavement of blacks as house servants, concubines, etc, in the Muslim world.

Respect for women's rights is essential to human rights; human rights are essential to any religion worthy of the name. If Islam doesn't renounce polygamy as an "initial" premise, the back door of this self-described "religion" will always be left open to aggression against other human beings.
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