Posted by Zia H. Shah MD - Twitter: @ZiahShah1
Einstein married Elsa Löwenthal — his first cousin, in 1919
Source: The Huffington Post
By Dr. Faheem Younus: Muslim, professor, doctor and philanthropist
Never go to a barber shop while you are still mulling over controversial news like, “Obama invokes gay rights in inaugural address.”
Because your mind may sputter an even more controversial question like, “Why then we smother the discussion on the topic of first cousin marriages?”
And if the question is asked out loud, you may get a response like, “well, you don’t have to be an Einstein to know that incestuous relationships lead to diseases in the babies.”
This actually happened to me last week. In one succinct sentence, my barber spelled out the three oft repeated reasons to justify banning cousin marriages. That they cause diseases, that they are incestuous, and that banning such marriages is a no brainer. But there is only one problem: all three reasons should be debunked.