I started writing a rant about the judge who didn't convict Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but nevertheless made a remark about how AHA shouldn't have called Muhammad a pedophile, because he only married a 9 year old once. AHA got away with it though because she had called Muhammad a pedophile only once or twice.
Seems to be a 'once is not enough' kinda judge to me, but please, do shut up. Will I get away with a single murder as easily? Either something is illegal, or it isn't. I don't like the concept of blurry limits on freedom of expression.
Now, personally I find the whole debate rather distasteful. I mean, there's a bloke in the Bible who had a harem of 1,000 women (well, actually 700, plus 300 concubines), which is only slightly better than I do on most Saturday nights. Now, are all Christians proponents of polygyny or polyandry? (Well, I am, but I'm a heathen.)
Nobody brings this up anymore because most Christians consider the Bible a metaphorical book. Most Muslims don't feel that way about the Qu'ran (yet). Still, I think it might be more worthwhile to discuss the (im)possibilities of integrating Islam into a democratic system, and not resort to namecalling about apocryphal religious texts which stem from times when it was also quite acceptable to double park your camel, or to stone gay people to death. (Lord knows, did Jews and Arabs wear anything under those desert garbs in those days?)
Nevertheless, if AHA wants to debate on this level, then that's her prerogative. It is not up to a judge to issue implicit warnings about how many times you can call someone a pedophile and get away with it. If AHA wants to think Muhammad was a pedophile, seen from her western perspective, she's entitled to do so (as childish as I may think this way of debating is). Just as much Muslims have a right to think Muhammad was acting in accordance with the rules of that time, and Christians can choose to conveniently ignore how Solomon was able to sleep with a different woman every night, theoretically taking three years to make the rounds.
I was going to say I accidentaly erased my rant, and won't write it again, but that seems to be a rather superfluous remark now.