This is another example of the harm religion does to children and women. Makes me sick!

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Rapist walks free by marrying 14-year-old victim

Rapists can walk free thanks to penal code Article 308, known as the “rape law”. -TNP

Sun, Jul 01, 2012
The New Paper

JORDAN – The ordeal of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and raped repeatedly for three days has infuriated Jordanians, especially when her attacker agreed to marry her to avoid going to jail.

In conservative Muslim societies like Jordan, rapists can walk free thanks to penal code Article 308, known as the “rape law”.

In April, the unidentified girl was shopping in the northern city of Zarqa when a 19-year-old man kidnapped her and took her to the desert where he pitched a tent and raped her for three consecutive days, judicial sources said.

Police found her during a routine patrol, drove her back home and arrested the man.

But within days, news emerged that he had agreed to marry the girl, while all charges against him has been dropped.

Earlier this month, another girl, 15, was talked into following a man into an apartment in Amman where she was also raped, AFP reported.

Judicial sources said the young man is now desperately trying to work out an arrangement with her family to marry her to avoid jail.

Article 308 allows for rape charges to be dropped if the rapist agrees to marry the victim.

He cannot divorce the woman for five years.

“This article of the law not only helps perpetrators walk free, it rewards them by allowing them to marry their victims,” Ms Nadia Shamrukh, head of the Jordanian Women’s Union, said.

 

‘Rape law is a crime’

“By applying this law, another crime is committed. Howcan this 14-year-old girl, who is a minor anyway, marry her rapist?”

The rape of a child under age 15 is punishable by death in Jordan, which recorded 379 cases of rape in 2010, court documents revealed.

“In one case, we tried so hard to prevent a rapist from marrying an 18-year-old girl who did not want to end up being his wife,” said Ms Eva Abu Halaweh, a lawyer and humanrights activist who heads law group Mizan.

“But the girl’s father struck a deal with the unemployed rapist, who was already married and had six children. He was unable to provide for his family and his wife was a beggar.”

Ms Eva said the law is “inefficient anyway”.

“It should be scrapped. What if a girl gets raped by more than one man? In this case, Article 308 will fail to address the problem,” she said.

But Ms Israa Tawalbeh, the country’s first woman coroner, sees “nothing wrong in Article 308 as such”.

“The problem is how some loca land international human rights groups interpret the law,” she told AFP.

“Actual rape cases are rare in our society.

Sometimes, girls under 18 lose their virginity to force their families to accept marriage to their boyfriends. The law categorises this as rape.”

She said the law “solves problems for some”.

“Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives.

“I think the law fits our society and reality. It protects the girls by forcing attackers to marry them.”
This article was first published in The New Paper.

Orange County, N.Y. baby contracts herpes after Jewish circumcision. More harm done to children by religious dogma and stupid parents.

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Orange County, N.Y. baby contracts herpes after Jewish circumcision

June 26 | Posted by Robert Herriman

A one-month-old infant from Orange County was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan last week after contracting herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1) after the ultra-Orthodox Jewish ritual known as metzitzah b’peh was performed.

Public domain photo/Metju12 via Wikimedia Commons

According to a Newsday report Monday, New York City health officials were notified early last week, and tests conducted Friday confirmed the child had the disease. They are now investigating to determine from whom he contracted the virus. The child’s condition is unknown.

This case comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on 11 cases in New York City where newborn males contracted the infection during the metzitzah b’peh.

Newsday reports New York City health officials are considering requiring hospital workers to take genital swabs that would aid forensic investigators in determining the identity of the mohel, much like rape kits have helped identify attackers. This is due to the reluctance of parents to identify the mohel.

New York City also has proposed requiring Orthodox Jewish parents to sign a waiver acknowledging they’re aware of the risk before taking part in the ritual. The city already has sent out alerts to health care providers in Orthodox neighborhoods, informing them of the risks posed by metzitzah b’peh.

Though the practice is not illegal, public health officials said they are trying to prevent the next death while balancing concerns about religious interference.

Finally someone is taking a stand against this cruelty against children. It is #14 on my list for basic human rights opposed by religion. “14.) Bodily mutilation to children because of religious dogma” Good on the Germans for been the first country with the balls to stand up for this basic human right and to protect the children who has no say in this.

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Religious circumcision of kids a crime – German court

Published: 26 June, 2012, 16:24

Reuters / Stoyan Nenov

Reuters / Stoyan Nenov

TAGS: ChildrenHealthReligionLawGermany

A German court has ruled that parents can’t have their sons circumcised on religious grounds in a move which has angered Muslim and Jewish groups in the country.

The court in Cologne decided that a legal guardian’s authority over a child does not allow them to subject them to the procedure, which the court called minor bodily harm, reports The Financial Times Deutschland.

Neither does religious freedom, which is protected by law in Germany, give grounds for such decisions to be taken for the children, the ruling says.

The court was considering a case against a Muslim doctor, who performed circumcision on a four-year-old boy at his parents’ request. Two days after the procedure bleeding started, after which the boy had to be taken to hospital.

German authorities learned about the incident and launched a criminal investigation against the doctor. The initial court trial ruled that there was no violation of the law, but the prosecutor’s office took the case to the Cologne district court.

The decision sets a precedent, which may affect medical practice across the country.

The possible ban on circumcision provoked outrage among Jewish and Muslim organizations in Germany, where every year thousands of boys are circumcised in their early years at the request of parents. They regard the ban as a “serious interference in the right to freedom of religion.” But none of the organizations so far has commented on the verdict, explaining they first need to study thoroughly the reasoning of the judges.

Some experts however don’t rule out that the right for religiously motivated circumcision will be considered by the Federal Constitutional Court.

“LGBT People Should Be Put to Death, Says Aussie Salvation Army Major”. Religion truly is the biggest source of hatred in the world today. Then these wankers say the have the high ground on morality. It’s a sick fucking joke!!!!!

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Posted June 22nd, 2012 by John M. Becker

Explosive news out of Australia: in an interview with LGBT journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon, a senior Salvation Army official said that non-celibate LGBT people should be put to death.

The official, Major Andrew Craibe, is the Salvation Army’s Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria. Australian pop star Darren Hayes, the openly gay former lead singer of Savage Garden, recentlycalled for a boycott of the Salvation Army because of the church’s anti-gay beliefs (just as Bilerico founder Bil Browning did here in the States). Hayes’s comments caused quite the firestorm, so Major Craibe appeared on Ryan and Dillon’s radio showSalt and Pepper, to discuss the Salvation Army’s official position on homosexuality and whether it’s evolved over time.

Below is the interview with Salvation Army Major Andrew Craibe in full:

Ryan told Craibe that she prepared for the interview by reading all 170 pages of Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, a manual published by the group’s international headquarters in London and available online. She asked him if that text was still being used to coach Salvation Army soldiers and people preparing to enter church membership. When Craibe replied in the affirmative, Ryan proceeded to point out several chapters that she found particularly troubling, including a section called “The problem of evil” (page 28) which cites Romans 1:18-32, the section of the Bible containing an infamous and violent condemnation of homosexuality:

For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. . .

They know God’s decree, that those who practise such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practise them.

Ryan expressed incredulity that the official Salvation Army handbook cites a scriptural passage which calls for the execution of LGBT people, and asked Craibe how he would respond to a hypothetical LGBT person receiving guidance from the Salvation Army who discovers the homophobic citation (around the 7:00 mark).

RYAN:  . . . that says, according to the Salvation Army, that [they] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?

CRAIBE:  Well, that’s a part of our belief system.

RYAN (cutting in):  So we should die.

CRAIBE: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.

RYAN:  Wow. So we should die.

They then discussed the handbook’s section on sin (pages 61-63), which cites the same passage from Romans.

RYAN: It’s going into Romans again . . . I accept that you’re out there wanting to help people . . . I don’t accept that this sexuality that is part of my DNA is a choice. I also don’t accept the support of any religion in a financial sense, and this is what the gay community is up in arms about: that you’re proposing in your religious doctrine and the way that you train — this is partof your training of your soldiers — that because we’re gay, that — we must die. If you go to Romans, book 1, 18-32, it’s all there, mate. I mean, how can you stand by that? How is that Christian?

CRAIBE: Well, well, because that is part of our Christian doctrine –

RYAN (interrupting):  But how is that Christian? Shouldn’t it be about love?

CRAIBE: — that’s our understanding of that. Well, the love that we would show is about that: consideration for all human beings to come to know salvation –

RYAN: Or die. . .

CRAIBE: Well, yes.

Later on, Ryan pressed Craibe again on his statement that LGBT people deserve death, asking at 10:23:

RYAN: Honestly, Andrew, tell me — as a human being, how can you qualify that?

CRAIBE: Well, I qualify by way of, that’s where my belief system is structured, you know? It’s what it comes to, that salvation story, and that we can be redeemed from that. That’s my belief.

Check out the interview in full; it’s pretty unbelievable. Some other highlights: Ryan and Dillon (left) asking Craibe to explain just how the Salvation Army polices its members to ensure they aren’t “practicing” homosexuality and questioning him about allegations that the group refused assistance to a person in need who wouldn’t agree to participate in an “ex-gay” program; Major Craibe claiming that homosexuality is a choice that, like consuming alcohol, needs to be “resisted” (Ryan and Dillon shoot that one down right away); his defense that the Salvation Army’s anti-gay statements only apply to its members – as though that somehow absolves the group of any responsibility for its bigoted views — and Craibe asserting that people disturbed by the radical homophobia of the Salvation Army should still contribute financially to the group.