Awful news out of Pakistan where we’re seeing reports that a bill attempting to raise the age of marriage for females from 16 to 18 was pulled by lawmakers after clerics deemed it “un-Islamic” and not “Sharia-compliant.”

These Islamic scholars believe girls as young as 9 can get married. From the Washington Post:

Clerics on the council object to minimum age requirements, arguing instead that an individual can marry once reaching puberty, which can be as early as the age of 9.

The NY Times’ Nicholas Kristof responds:

That’s head spinning. But we’ve seen this kind of apology for Islam before with ISIS:

Prominent Pakistani journalist Reham Khan slammed her country’s parliament for failing to act:

Why is it shocking that politicians in an “Islamic Republic” would listen to Islamic clerics?