March 31, 2006
— Ace It reminds me of that Steve Martin bit where he said it was some custom, somewhere, to divorce a wife to say "I break with you, I break with you, I break with you," and then throw poop on the woman's shoes.
In Sharia law, a man can immediately divorce his wife -- no judges needed! -- by simply saying "talaq, talaq, talaq." A Muslim man said this in his sleep, after taking sleeping pills, but he says he didn't mean it and the couple want to stay together.
Local religious authorities may require them, per Sharia, to remarry, but only after a three month separation, during which time they won't be allowed to see each other freely (as women can't see a man not a family member without a chaperone or whatever).
I don't know if I buy the couples' story -- if he just said it in his sleep, why does everyone seem to know about it? -- but it is yet another strange custom, made further strange by the insistence that it take full effect, even though the man is now calling "take-backs."
Posted by: lauraw at March 31, 2006 08:34 AM (qKNMG)
Posted by: Tushar D at March 31, 2006 08:35 AM (tyRhL)
However, this is something feminists should be ripping their hair out and screaming about. Don't lose sleep waiting for them to say ANYTHING though.
Posted by: Canelone at March 31, 2006 08:40 AM (1Vbso)
A while back there was a situation, which occurred in Pakistan. They were shooting a soap opera where according to the script the man had to say these words "I divorce you" three times to his soap opera wife.
The problem arose because the actors were also wife and a husband in real wife. And because the words were said in front of the witnesses, they were divorced in real life.
Now in some Muslim countries the couple is considered to be divorced
The Muslim tradition of blurring fiction with reality would certainly goes a long ways towards explaining the lack of gay-friendly, woman-friendly, multi-cultural friendly cinema. For starters, the actors would be killed, so you'd have to find new ones to star in the sequels.
otoh, I'm guessing that Pakistani/Iranian cinema have their versions of "Red Dawn" that would make Patrick Swayze blush and would stun Larry the Urbanite.
Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 31, 2006 08:42 AM (PcDvW)
I break with thee
I break with thee
Then we throw dogpoop on their shoes.
Later on, we go out looking for the girls with the dogpoop on their shoes"
Posted by: rhodeymark at March 31, 2006 08:59 AM (cqZXM)
Personally, I like the rule that says if you see your spouse naked, you are automatically divorced.
Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 09:00 AM (uLve2)
Posted by: Pixelflash at March 31, 2006 09:04 AM (O+1/6)
Posted by: rabidfox at March 31, 2006 09:09 AM (4N4Vs)
One possible explanation is that the wife heard the hubby blab in sleep, and woke up the neighborhood by crying out.
Posted by: Tushar D at March 31, 2006 09:30 AM (h76y6)
Quite possibly they were sleeping in the same room as his widowed mom, 4 younger brothers, their wives, all of the kids, a couple of sheep, and a pig. OK that last part was a joke
Posted by: Sticky B at March 31, 2006 09:37 AM (9vsrW)
Posted by: brak at March 31, 2006 09:49 AM (yHvEo)
Posted by: Rev. Gorky at March 31, 2006 10:11 AM (z4es9)
It's Dog poop. Gotta be specifiic.
If you were to use goat poop, for example, it would mean you were trying to invite the woman to a BBQ. And if you were using elephant poop, it would mean you were a weightlifter.
Gotta be speciifc.
Posted by: Bithead at March 31, 2006 10:16 AM (+w3w9)
Posted by: Danny Carlton at March 31, 2006 10:53 AM (simmk)
Posted by: Dale at March 31, 2006 01:21 PM (VE3QR)
Unrelated, sort of: Is there any evidence for the claim that while Hulagu Khan was marching towards Baghdad, the clerics of Baghdad were too busy debating whether frog's urine was pure or impure rather than preparing for his invasion? Mustansir Hussein Tarar makes this claim in "Meri Begum Ki Saukanein" (My Wife's Rival Wives) (in Chik Chuk. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-e Mel Publications, 1999, pp. 233-236). He's a comedian and TV personality in Pakistan, so I don't know if he's misinformed, joking, or actually accurate. (He contrasts this to the furor over the TV couple whose marriage was being debated, as BumperStickerist mentioned.) If his claim is true, it would be highly interesting.
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