The Keys To A Successful Marriage = Physical And Sexual Violence
Posted by Leah on January 22, 2009
You may have seen this news popping up in the media today – the story of a 2003 lecture by Melbourne cleric Samir Abu Hamza (titled ‘The Keys To A Successful Marriage’) in which he allegedly claims men are entitled to be physically and sexually violent with their wives. I can’t say I’m surprised – there always seems to be people about happy to spread this kind of repulsive thought. And I do take heart that the issue of violence against women is apparently important enough for the Prime Minister to speak out against Hamza’s statements – even though he said Hamza’s comments had no place in modern Australia…which insinuates that they DO have a place elsewhere, or in another time…which I would beg to differ with!
I’ve been thinking about this story all day, and thinking about how to channel my angry response into some constructive action. Any ideas? Letter writing? Turning up at one of Hamza’s lectures and attempting to engage in a dialogue? Or something less reactive, supporting White Ribbon Day? Fundraising for a women’s shelter? I sometimes feel overwhelmed by this kind of hatred against women and just want to throw up my hands.