4.8 Islam And Women
by John Thorpe:
In spite of current Moslem propaganda, many Moslem women know that they lack protection from men. In their marriage they have no right to demand that their husband remains faithful to them. The husband can divorce them very easily for any reason, without their being able to prevent it, but they have no similar right themselves. On divorce their ex husbands do not need to support them beyond a limited period of time. They can be deserted sexually for no particular reason and they may be required to accept the presence of another woman. They can also be beaten by their husbands.
Real Christianity provides guarantees for women on all these points as well as on all other points claimed by Moslems. The Bible requires that women are to be treated equally with men (Gal. 3:28), excepting for the duties of speaking during meetings (1 Cor. 14:34), although in any family it is the husband who is to be the leader (Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1). The problems listed above are all met in the Bible. Husbands must love their wives and look after them (Eph. 5:25; Col. 3:19). They must remain faithful (18 verses in the New Testament, including Mt. 5:27,28). They may not leave their wives (Mt. 5:32), or even abandon them sexually (1 Cor. 7:5). They may not add another wife to the family (Mt. 19:5; 1 Tim. 3:2,12). This provides a level of security for women which is simply not available to Islamic women.