One tries to maintain a modicum of respect for people’s beliefs, but the major religions spawn so much hypocrisy it’s sometimes difficult to keep a straight face. Normally, it’s the Christian fundamentalists that create the jaw-sagging Pharisaisms, but just to redress the balance a conservative Muslim cleric in Iran recently called for a reintroduction of the Shia Islamic practice of sigheh.
Sigheh is a temporary marriage for the purpose of having sex. It can last as long as the couple wish – for ninety-nine years, or more likely, a few minutes. It’s purpose, as stated by Moustafa Pourmohammadi, the conservative Iranian cleric with a somewhat jaw-sagging name, is to cast a veil of religious righteousness over casual sex. That’s not quite how he explained it, but it’s basically what he meant.
The idea is not new. In the 1990’s, Iran’s then president, Rafsanjani, declared temporary marriage was preferable to being “……promiscuous like the westerners”.
Basically, it’s the same old story as chanted by religious fanatics from all religious persuasions. The Christian fundamentalists do exactly the same thing, only in their case it’s not for sex, but riches. The idea is to take something the religiot finds morally wrong and wrap it in a religious cloak, thus making it acceptable.
It’s why Islamic terrorists have no compunction about killing people.
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