A Bill that was brought into being because children were being forced into marriage on religious grounds has been thwarted because it would infringe religious liberty…for Muslims.
The practice of marrying off children to older men, often as part of a financial deal has become far more prevalent in recent years. Historically, many cultures and religions engaged in this practice, but as we have become more developed, we have left it in the past where it belongs. But a sharp increase due to the expansion of Islam has occurred.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, is responsible for having the Bill shut down, and in doing so he wrote: “I agree that protecting the well-being, dignity, and freedom of minors is vital, but the severe bar this bill creates is not necessary to address the concerns voiced by the bill’s proponents and does not comport with the sensibilities and, in some cases, the religious customs, of the people of this State,”
This means that children under the age of 16 can continue to be married off (with apparently no minimum age limit) as long as a family court Judge approves. But here is the thing…Will a Family Court Judge stand up to two families of Muslims saying that if he (or she) refuses to allow the marriage of their 10 year old to a 40 year old, then they are being racist against Muslim traditions and customs? Do you think the Judge will be brave enough in the face of a Muslim and CAIR led campaign to “allow” their religious practices? Neither do I.
“An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions.” – New Jersey governor Chris Christie
Chris Christie knows who his voters are and his voters are a HUGE block of Muslims. New Jersey is home to a very large population of people whose culture believes in child marriage. Christie caved to the Muslim community’s claims of cultural differences when he vetoed a bill banning child marriage. Shame on him! Christie put politics over doing what is right and what is good for young women often forced into child marriages. Creeping Sharia law is coming closer and closer thanks to people like Chris Christie…
A high profile Republican governor has declined to sign into law, a measure that would have made his state the first to ban child marriage without exception. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and someone who has been a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, said such a ban would conflict with religious customs. He did not specify what religions he was referring to.
Reuters said underage marriage is widespread in the US, where about 170,000 children were wed between 2000 and 2010 in 38 of the 50 states where data was available. Although age 18 is the minimum for marriage in most of the nation, every state has legal loopholes allowing children to wed. The New Jersey bill would have prohibited any marriage of children under age 18.
Politico has more:
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday conditionally vetoed a bill ( A3091) that would have banned outright all marriages for minors in New Jersey. Instead, the governor proposed putting more restrictions on New Jersey’s current law, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain marriage licenses with parental consent, and grants them to those under 16 with a family court judge’s permission.
“I agree that protecting the well-being, dignity, and freedom of minors is vital, but the severe bar this bill creates is not necessary to address the concerns voiced by the bill’s proponents and does not comport with the sensibilities and, in some cases, the religious customs, of the people of this State,” Christie said in his veto message.
The top sponsor of the measure was Republican Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, who said at a committee hearing last year that she introduced it bill after hearing “compelling” stories of minors forced into marriages for religious reasons. The bill passed the Assembly and Senate with overwhelming support.
Islamic religious customs have no place in western society, and especially not in American society. But there are a lot of Muslims in New Jersey.
H/T: 100% Fed Up