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Monty Ibn’s Beating Circus
A Saudi Arabian “family therapist” has the newest video poised to go viral, a scholarly treatise on how to properly beat your wife, in accordance with Islamic teaching. The video is not a hoax, though anyone could be forgiven for assuming it had to be a conspiracy against the old “religion of peace”. It is a serious attempt, by a deeply devout Muslim man to illustrate how God intends the husband – the important part of any family – to beat the wife (who herself may have some importance, assuming she is the mother of at least one son). In the most Monty Pythonesque moment of the four-minute video lesson aired on Saudi TV, the poor sap piously reminds soon-to-be-righteous wife-beaters that the important thing is not to vent their anger but to discipline the wife; when he pulls out the Allah-approved, wife-beating twig, you have to look closer, to see if it’s really John Cleese or Michael Palin under the keffiyeh. Of course, what’s not funny is the underlying assumption at every moment, particularly the most reverential, that God’s clear and unquestionable will is that woman is subservient to man. Religious belief will always run counter to human rights; especially if the dominant sex is convinced it is God’s chosen gender.