KAREN LUGO: Ten Years After 9-11: Two Muslim Women in America – American Thinker
September 11, 2011
By Karen Lugo
A young Muslim woman moved to America from Morocco with her husband in 2008. She was married at age 17 to a man that she did not know before the wedding. She filed for divorce after arriving in America the next year, complaining of abuse and what her husband called “punishment.” She told the courts that her husband continued to torment and rape her during the divorce process.
This 18 year-old girl asked the New Jersey judge for a restraining order but the request was denied after the judge considered an imam’s testimony saying that Islamic law requires a wife to comply with her husband’s sexual demands. The imam explained that the husband is prohibited from obtaining sexual satisfaction elsewhere so the wife must obey. The judge acknowledged that this was a case in which religious custom clashed with state law and that the wife had a right to refuse husband’s advances. However, the judge also found that domestic violence and assault did occur, but the judge ruled that the husband did not act with criminal intent since he believed that his estranged wife was required to comply with his demands.
It is true that this ruling was overturned when the appellate judge found the husband’s conduct in forcing sexual relations was “unquestionably knowing,” but why was an un-American standard of justice applied by the trial court judge in this young woman’s case?
In 2006 another woman, born and raised a Muslim, came to America. She had escaped an arranged marriage and fled to the Netherlands where she applied for asylum. While in Holland, this woman fell in love with Enlightenment values and became a leading activist in the cause for reform of sharia laws like the ones under which the Moroccan girl above suffered. The harder this brave woman worked to draw attention to the plight of Muslim women in Western countries, the more Ayaan Hirsi Ali was in personal danger from Muslim retaliation. After a high profile friend was murdered, and she was warned she would be next, this determined activist came to the United States.