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By Charles Bloomer
web posted March 26, 2007

Here's a story that clearly illustrates the danger of "multiculturalism" and "moral equivalency" – the nonsensical notions that all cultures are equal. 

Here's the report from the Guardian (UK) paper:

A German judge who refused a Moroccan woman a fast-track divorce on the grounds that domestic violence was acceptable according to the Qur'an has been removed from the case following a nationwide outcry.

The judge, Christa Datz-Winter, said the German woman of Moroccan descent would not be granted a divorce because she and her husband came from a "Moroccan cultural environment in which it is not uncommon for a man to exert a right of corporal punishment over his wife," according to a statement she wrote that was issued by a Frankfurt court. "That's what the claimant had to reckon with when she married the defendant."

The 26-year-old mother of two had been repeatedly beaten and threatened with death by her husband.

When the woman protested against the judge's decision, Ms Datz-Winter invoked the Qur'an to support her argument. In the court she read from verse 34 of Sura four of the Qur'an, An-Nisa (Women), in which men are told to hit their wives as a final stage in dealing with disobedience. The verse reads: "... as to those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them and leave them alone in the sleeping places and beat them".

So Judge Datz-Winter has determined that, even though you might live in a "civilized" country, if you are from a less civilized culture you are subject to less civilized rules.

The judge's decision is so outrageous it is difficult to know where to start in criticizing it.  Let's start with racist.  If this had been a white German woman married to a violent German man, the divorce would most likely have been granted.  But since the woman in question was of Moroccan descent, the judge determined that the normal rules for whites don't apply.  The judge clearly believes in apartheid, that a Moroccan woman is inferior to white German women.

The ruling was also grossly anti-woman.  Does the judge hate her own sex?  She must not have much sympathy for her "sisters" if she rules that beating a woman is acceptable.  This attitude reduces German women to chattel based on nothing more than their sex and their foreign descent.  I can't imagine any Western woman wanting this judge at a domestic abuse trial.  So much for women's liberation.

Even worse is the damage a precedent such as this could do to Germany's legal system.  Judge Datz-Winter has essentially overturned the traditional concept of sovereignty based on national borders and replaced it with the concept of jurisdiction based on ancestry or national origin.  The idea is absurd to the point of being ridiculous.  Ruling that a German woman of Moroccan descent is not protected by German law while subject to the laws and cultural norms of a foreign country negatively impacts every German who has any foreign ancestors. 

Are Turkish immigrants and their children and grandchildren to be subject to Turkish law forever?  Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe steals the land from rightful owners in his country.  Will the courts allow other Germans to steal land from Zimbabwean immigrants or their descendents?  What about Darfur?  Can immigrants from Sudan be enslaved or slaughtered?  After all, that's what they do in Sudan to each other.  What about Saudi women living in Germany – can they be stoned for adultery?  What about other points of German civil law?  Islam permits a man to have four wives.  Will Muslim men in Germany now quote the Qur'an to justify polygamy?

At what point in the family tree does one become German enough to be privileged to be covered by German Law?  Two generations?  Three?  Maybe never?

Using the moral equivalency concept with the Liberal ideal of multiculturalism destroys the foundation of fairness and equality upon which Western law is built.  Applying foreign jurisdiction based on national or ancestral origin creates an unfair, two-tiered legal system that is unjust, inherently racist and sexist, and turns the subjects into second-class citizens (or worse). 

Despite the rantings of insistent Liberals, all cultures are not equal.  Western culture may not be perfect, but the ideals it espouses are far superior to many of the uncivilized patriarchal, misogynistic cultures that still exist in the world today.  Stooping to the level of uncivilized societies is not progress – it is institutionalized tyranny.  Raising those uncivilized cultures by lending them legitimacy through Western courts is a large step in the direction of gross injustice.

If you want to see where this kind of wooly-headed multicultural nonsense leads, I recommend reading Londonistan by Melanie Phillips. ESR

Charles Bloomer is a Contributing Editor for Enter Stage Right and creator of Liberty Call U.S.  He can be contacted at clbloomer@enterstageright.com. © 2007 Charles Bloomer


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