Rupert Murdoch diagnoses Muslims’ ‘basic problem’
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.