Image via WikipediaThink you have nothing to fear from religious fundamentalists who would love to run the government using their own warped interpretations of millenia old books? Well, take a lesson from George W. Bush's bosom buddy Saudi Arabia!
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the kingdom's Grand Mufti, says: "A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she's too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her." From CNN: The issue of child marriage has been a hot-button topic in the deeply conservative kingdom in recent weeks. In December, Saudi judge Sheikh Habib Abdallah al-Habib refused to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man. The judge rejected a petition from the girl's mother, whose lawyer said the marriage was arranged by her father to settle a debt with "a close friend." The judge required the girl's husband to sign a pledge that he would not have sex with her until she reaches puberty. (full details at The Progressive Puppy)