What a fresh breath of reasonability, as usual.
My position on this issue is very simple:
Marriage between 9 year olds and old men in 21st century New York is one thing. I don’t think anyone would agree that this is okay, as it does not fit any of our moral norms.
However, even today, marriage to a 9 year old say out in the stone aged Sudanese desert or in the heart of the Amazon is an entirely different matter. So it’s silly to go around bashing people for a practice that, in similar social circumstances, is near universal.
If you find people living in the same circumstances as the desert Arabs of the 7th century, you will find young marriages, anywhere. That is a powerful indicator that you’re making mountains out of molehills not because there’s a good reason to criticize, but rather because you don’t like Muslims.
Demanding that this practice be considered child rape leads to absurd conclusions, ie, that we should send armies to the Amazon to wipe out all those indigenous groups to prevent the practice. If you wouldn’t defend that policy, you’ve got no leg to stand on other than “Mooslims bad, Euros good”