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Muslim cleric says it’s cool for men to beat, even rape, their wives

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 23, 2009 | 12:36 pm

No additional commentary needed:

Samir Abu Hamza, who runs an Islamic centre in Melbourne, ridiculed Australian laws banning forced sex within marriage.

Hamza told a male audience in Sydney: ‘Amazing, how can a person rape his wife?’

He added that wives must immediately respond to their husbands’ sexual demands.

The firebrand preacher also said a man was entitled to use ‘limited force’ as a last resort to punish a disobedient wife.

He explained: ‘After you have advised them for a long, long time, then you smack them, you beat them and - please brothers, calm down - the beating that the Muhammad showed is like the toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth.’

‘You are not allowed to bruise them; you are not allowed to make them bleed,’ he added in a video of the 2003 lecture in Sydney recently posted online.

‘You don’t go and grab a broomstick and say that is what Allah has said.’

I grew up in San Diego County, and I remember the story of how one JV baseball player at Rancho Bernardo High—The Factory that produced Cole Hamels, Hank Blalock and a friend of mine who was in the Dodgers farm system—was, um, “hazed.” The legal term was “sodomized;” it involved Ben-Gay and a broom handle.

Anyway, the video of Hamza’s sermon, which is 50 minutes long, is after the jump:

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