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47-year-old man weds 8-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia

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CNN has a very disturbing report about a 47-year-old man marrying an 8-year-old girl to settle a debt in Saudi Arabia.

It seems like a no-brainer that this is just wrong, but as Nic Robertson reports, the issue is a tricky one for those looking to end it.

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Those loveable, care free Arabs, seem to draw their morality line in the sand, strangely, to say the least. On the one hand, this type of "marriage discrepancy" is condoned (and probably encouraged), since there is a greater liklihood of the 8 year old still being a virgin(although its not for certain in Arabia, yet on the other hand, showing affection on the beaches or in public is outlawed and severely punnished. Strange, these people of the desert. Keep your tourist dollars in your pockets. Let them ride their own camels and their own mercedes in the desert!

Is his Name Drew Peterson???

I'm curious ... the photo caption indicates that there was public outrage. From whom was the public outrage? How and where was it exhibited?

thats just wrong and he should be in jail for molestation to a minor i don't care what country you are in its wrong and NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that's wrong and sick and stuped

Heterosexual marriage has been the foundation of *all* civilization since the beginning of time (6000 years ago). How can anyone complain about this *sacred* union? It's not like they're gay married!

This is some disturbing news.
When I was 8yrs old I was still playing with dolls and coloring in a coloring book.
And Plus what the heck does an 8yr old know about marriage? And what is the ol'man going to do with an 8yr old bride..
I am disgusted by this, I am also a believer in Islam but this is just outrageous

first and foremost, this is typical of people who confuse culture and religion no matter your denomination. the Quran absolutely prohibits this insane behavior. there is no bartering off of children for the purpose of paying a debt when The Quran says that the woman is the closest thing to God. when you treat the woman like this for centuries you deprive your people your true Blessings and the wrath of God befalls you. get the True meaning of the Quran and stop acting like savages

first and foremost, this is typical of people who confuse culture and religion no matter your denomination. the Quran absolutely prohibits this insane behavior. there is no bartering off of children for the purpose of paying a debt when The Quran says that the woman is the closest thing to God. when you treat the woman like this for centuries you deprive your people your true Blessings and the wrath of God befalls you. get the True meaning of the Quran and stop acting like savages

Nice article and very good video.

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