The general definition of ‘Consanguinity’ is sharing the same blood line. However, it has more recently been mostly associated with the M*sl*m practice of marrying close relatives, especially first cousins. A study reported by the BBC found that in Bradford 55% of people of Pakistani origin were married to first cousins, compared to less than 1% of married couples nationally. Communities encouraging first-cousin marriages see them as a way of strengthening already tight family networks.
So, what’s the problem?
1. Birth defects
2. Low intelligence
3. Mental disorders
4. Low educational and professional achievement
…About 10 years ago a Labour MP bravely called for a ban on first-cousin marriages. But since almost no politician, academic or community leader seems to have been keen to use the ultimate C-word (consanguinity) and so this social and economic catastrophe has continued aided and abetted by those who we pay to protect us from such disasters.
Each point is described in detail at the link. The blogger (Snouts in the Trough) also has second post on the topic: Perfect proof of how political correctness is destroying Britain (h/t Marvin)
I have posted on this occasionally before. Close-kin marriage is the foundation stone of tribal/clan societies. People who remain in “clan” mode assimilate very poorly. It affects the entire structure of the society. Needless to say, the individualism characteristic of Western civilization would not exist if this practice had continued.
Interested readers should be following HBD Chick on a regular basis — she has an enormous amount of information on the topic, including how the practice was stamped out in (most of) Europe by the Catholic Church. In a recent post, she notes even before Christianity took hold in Rome, the practise was being discouraged:
apart from bequeathing the world a handful of languages, some philosophical ideas and legal traditions, a bunch of fr*cking awesome ruins, a few really straight roads, and the wine, what did the romans ever do for us?
well, i think we (northern europeans) may have gotten the idea to avoid cousin marriage from them!
In a related post:
…[A]ugustine’s basic point is that it’s good that people marry out (eg. avoid marrying their close cousins) because in doing so, they increase the number of connections which they have with other individuals — and if everyone in a society does this, there will be larger and broader networks of individuals with common goals and interests, etc., etc., all of which will “bind social life more effectively” and, hopefully, help create the city of god here on earth as much as possible. never mind the possible evolutionary effects.
Yet, as the Snouts in the Trough blogger emphasizes, the subject has become a taboo:
In 2005, Labour MP Ann Cryer called for first-cousin marriages to be banned. Nothing happened of course for fear of offending the M*sl*m community. Then in 2008, there were calls for Labour Environment Minister Phil Woolas to be sacked when he dared raise the issue of first-cousin marriage and the link to the rising number of birth defects.
So, political correctness has once again prevented any debate on yet another medieval practice imported into Britain by a certain group in society. Oh what a wonderful politically-correct world we live in.
It is worse than medieval — in many parts of Europe the clans were already broken up in medieval times. How poorly indeed have our silly politicians managed our countries.
The obsession with appearing not be “racist” or “xenophobic” is going to destroy our society if we keep this up. Why is no one besides a few bloggers even discussing the topic? Why has it become a taboo?
The practice is not restricted to Muslims, but it is very common in Muslim societies.