In April a 12-year old girl filed for divorce from her 82-year old husband, who had paid the girl’s father a $23,000 dowry, runs a story in today’s Wall Street Journal. The divorce was granted, and now some in the Ministry want to ban child marriage all together.Not so fast! says Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, one of Saudi Arabia’s most important clerics.He is so upset with the Justice Ministry’s plans that he issued a fatwa, saying “Those who are calling for a minimum age for marriage should fear God.”Girls’ fathers should be allowed to give their daughters in marriage “even if they are still in the cradle”. He has a somewhat more practical view on sex between a husband and his new young wife though: “It isn’t permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men.”Islam is not the only world religion whose leaders say and do strange things. Christian clerics long defended human slavery and told secular rulers that the burning of heretics was a religious duty. In the end Christian civilization was wiser than some of its leaders; the Islamic world, one hopes, will walk the same path.