Thursday, August 04, 2005

Religions ...Can't live with them.. Can't burn down their temples.

Item One

Stephanie Collopy sued Portland archdiocese for child support for a child fathered by Arturo Uribe, then a seminarian and now a priest at a Portland, Ore., parish. In its answer to the lawsuit, the church maintained that the child's mother had engaged "in unprotected intercourse … when [she] should have known that could result in pregnancy", i.e. why didn't she take the pill or insist that her lover use a condom? In other words, it's all her fault . My advice to priests: Stay away from women, those trouble making bitches, and stick to your regular fare of little boys.

Item Two

Dr. Shazia Khalid, a doctor at a Pakistan Petroleum plant in the wild Pakistani region of Baluchistan, was beaten and raped one night in her own home in a guarded compound. She was warned by officials at her work and at the police station that if she reported the crime, she would be arrested for adultery or fornication - since she admits to sex outside of marriage - unless she can provide four male eyewitnesses to the rape. When she tried to contact her family, she was drugged and locked in a psychiatric hospital in Karachi. After her husband took her home, the couple was put under house arrest and the husband's grandfather tried to set up a mob to kill her, to save the family's honor. The couple was eventually allowed to leave the country, but without their son. They are now in London, trying to emigrate to Canada, so that they can send for their son.

Item Three

Mukhtaran Bibi is 28-year-old woman who was gang-raped as "punishment" meted out by a local tribal council in retaliation for her teenage brother's alleged affair with a woman from another tribe. Instead of killing herself as tradition demanded, Mukhtaran reported the rape to the police. Her story was soon picked up by the national and international media.Today, several of the rapists are on death row, and others on the tribal council face prison sentences. Under international pressure, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf presented Mukhtaran with about $8,300 as compensation. Rather than take the money and leave her village, Mukhtaran used the funds to build two schools, one for girls and one for boys.

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