Thursday, September 04, 2008

Rupert Murdoch diagnoses Muslims’ ‘basic problem’

It really is quite simple. His ‘genetic theory’ dawned on him one day, and he declared that ‘the basic problem of the Muslim people was that they married their cousins’.

There is no doubt that marriages between first cousins are permitted in Islam. In surat an-Nisa' (4:22-24), Allah talks of the women who are forbidden to marry, and then he declares: ‘Lawful to you are all beyond those mentioned, so that you may seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock…’ In surat al-Ahzab (33:50), Allah mentioned to Mohammed that he may marry the daughters of his uncles and aunts from the father's side or the mother's side. It is the consensus of the jurists that this permission was not only for Mohammed, but also constitutes permission for all believers. Muslims have practised marriages between first cousins in all countries since the seventh century.

The genetic effects of consanguineous partnerships have been widely reported in Islamic lands like Pakistan and Bradford. But the politicians do nothing.

The Bible does not specifically forbid marrying one’s cousin, and neither does the BCP, but it is important to remember that advances in science and knowledge have caused some governments to outlaw it, and others to actively discourage it. Christians are commanded to ‘submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men’ (1Pt 2:13ff).

One has to wonder at the potential consequences of this deeply-held diagnosis of one of the most powerful media barons in the world, for the inference is profoundly disturbing.

8 Comments:

Blogger Tomrat said...

In the not so distant past after leaving uni I worked at my local NHS Trust doing administrative work (mainly typing and other guff). I worked in multiple departments including a blood clinic dealing with genetic disorders. after a while you could effectively tell what type of blood disorders certain groups of people would have, in particular immigrants from Pakistan brought in to marry family members and their subsequent offspring were especially vulnerable.

Its sad but I think as these peoples are more westernised this type of practice is disappearing.

In general this is entirely the case when you isolate any group, whether that be socially, economically or religiously; you need only look at the aristocracy.

5 September 2008 at 09:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marriage between cousins was common in England until the beginning of the 20th Century. 'Basically' (outside of Norfolk) it's about money and keeping it in the family.

5 September 2008 at 11:10  
Anonymous oiznop said...

What's 'profoundly disturbing'?

Is Murdoch saying that Muslims who commit acts of terrorism are genetically predisposed to do so?

5 September 2008 at 11:15  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

With all offence Murdoch, you're a ding-bat.

5 September 2008 at 11:28  
Anonymous Rumbold said...

The problem is when generations of the same family keep marrying their cousins. A one-off cousin marriage seems to have little effect on genetic disorders:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C06EFDC1E3AF937A35757C0A9649C8B63

Though obviously if you are the sort of person who marries your cousin then the chances are that your family history is one of inter-cousin marriage.

5 September 2008 at 12:43  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

If you want to see evidence of "why cousins shouldn't marry" you only have to look at most of the European royal families to see why.

I've always thought it a bit odd when our newspapers are always delightedly showing "how they are related" family trees whenever one of our royals gets engaged.

I'm amazed that more of them don't look like the lad with the banjo in Deliverance....

5 September 2008 at 13:48  
Anonymous najistani said...

As well as the genetic effects of successive generations of cousin marriage, there are severe sociological effects:

http://www.isteve.com/cousin_marriage_conundrum.htm

5 September 2008 at 14:47  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Next it will be the full Howard Hughes.

I like eccentric billionaires. They are a constant source of entertainment and wonder. Like the Firmament, only more colourful.

5 September 2008 at 17:32  

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