Priest Protests: I’m not condoning rape – just starving her until she says ‘Yes’

"I totally respect the autonomy of women and I want all the men listening to stop their women saying I don't."

Being the world’s top patriarchal religious dipshit (TPRD) is a tough competition. In terms of sheer numbers of people willing to listen and feel embarassed, Joseph Ratzinger is probably the top, but in the interests of fairness, here’s an up-and-coming talent.

Mohammad Asif Mohseni is, if I under aright, the (or a) TPRD for the Shia community in Afghanistan (a minority community in that Sunni country, but an electorally strategic one). He is also the co-drafter and an outspoken defender of the new laws which would make putting your penis in someone a right and going outside with a vagina a privilege.

He is also on record, prior to the recent demonstration against this law, as having instructed Shia men to prevent shia women from attending said protest – an instruction which did not fall on deaf ears, judging by the number of women reportedly prevented from attending by various thugs and self-appointed moral enforcers.

Choice quotes, on the subject of why men should be able to command their wives to have sex or put on make up, include:

“It is not possible for all women to pay the same amount of money as men are paying. For all these expenses, can’t we at least give the right to a husband to demand sex from his wife after four nights?”

“If she is not sick, and if she does not have another problem, it is the right of a man to ask for sex and she should make herself ready for it. This is the right of a man.”

He charitably explains that this doesn’t mean the man should rape his wife (though if he does, whose fault is it really? eh?) but simply that

“If a woman says no, the man has the right not to feed her.”

And also, presumably, the right to exercise his control of her movements to imprison her without food – wait, those sound familiar…

What I want to focus on though is “The Westerners claim that they have brought democracy to Afghanistan. What does democracy mean? It means government by the people for the people. They should let the people use these democratic rights.”

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