Wednesday, December 07, 2005

All In The Family

There's an old joke that goes something like this: Q: What's the (insert favorite backwards hick state here) definition of foreplay? A: "Hey, awake?".

It seems that may not be too much of a stretch in some quarters. The First Post today has an article about the muzzling of British MP Ann Cryer, who called for a debate on the genetic risks of first cousin marriages. It's not that her critics actually favor such marriages, it's just that they're afraid of offending the practitioners of the vast majority of this inbreeding -- Pakistani Muslims.

The advocates of this practice claim that it results in lower divorce rates and "strong family support networks". I'll bet it does...if your first cousin/wife starts getting too westernized, you can count on your "family support network" to kill her to defend your family's honor.


Anonymous said...

Extensive inbreeding would explain a lot.


Eric said...

I wonder, do they allow worshippers to bring banjos into mosques?