Paedophilia 'culturally accepted in south Afghanistan'
Older, powerful men boosted their social status by keeping boys as sexual playthings and the practice was celebrated in song and dance, a military study claimed.
British officers in Helmand requested the study to help them understand the sexual behaviour of locals and Afghan comrades after young soldiers became uneasy they were being propositioned.
American social scientists employed to help troops understand the local culture reported that homosexual sex was widespread among the Pashtun ethnic group in southern Afghanistan.
Strict separation of men and women, coupled with poverty and the significant expense of getting married, contributed to young men turning to each other for sexual companionship.
"To dismiss the existence of this dynamic out of desire to avoid western discomfort is to risk failing to comprehend an essential social force underlying Pashtun culture," the report said.
The study, called 'Pashtun Sexuality', said that as well as willing sex between young men, "boys are appreciated for physical beauty and apprenticed to older men for their sexual initiation".
The practice of 'bache bazi' or boy play, is known throughout Afghanistan, but is particularly renowned in the city of Kandahar next to Helmand, where prepubescent boys are widely admired.
Western soldiers often report feeling unease at the attentions of their Afghan comrades, who are affectionate with each other and sometimes wear make-up. (Read more.)
Friday, January 14, 2011
British Report: Pedophilia Culturally Acceptable in Southern Afghanistan
I would rather not continue posting on these issues, but I feel that the issues must be brought to light, for two reasons. First, Muslim leaders will often only deal with an internal problem if the problem gains worldwide attention. Second, it's common for Western Muslims to employ what we might call an "Argument from Moral Superiority," which runs something like this: "Morality among Muslims is vastly superior to that among non-Muslims. This must be due to the religion. Hence, Islam is the religion that promotes the highest morality. Clearly, the religion that promotes the highest morality must be the true religion." There are numerous problems with this argument. The main problem is that there is a tremendous amount of immorality in the Muslim world, and Muslims often refuse to do anything about it.