Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN) — Hena Akhter’s last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.
Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public.
Hena dropped after 70.
Bloodied and bruised, she was taken to hospital, where she died a week later. (LINK)
It’s pretty awful, isn’t it? Technically, Sharia Law is illegal in Bangladesh. But it is practiced, and the population is colluding to keep it. In Hena’s case, she didn’t have an affair with a married man. She was raped by one. She was then killed in front of the whole village. Her death certificate listed her passing as suicide.
I worry sometimes that we’re desensitized to such stories. They’re awful and horrible, but they’re far removed from our own life. We feel sympathy but there’s really not anything we can do, and after all… it’s just so far away. But it’s not really so far away, is it?
“The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight – they weren’t children and they weren’t raped.” — Bill Donohoe
These aren’t the words of a Third World dictator or Imam or witch doctor. This is what the Catholic League President has to say about the systemic sexual abuse of children worldwide perpetuated and covered up by the Pope and his First World Cronies.
The message is crystal clear. The abuse victims in the Catholic Scandal were just as guilty as Hena. They had adult affairs with priests, and they are the ones responsible for the corruption of otherwise godly men. Just like Hena was responsible for being raped by a married man.
She deserved her punishment, and the altar boys deserve theirs. Lucky for them, they’ll probably receive the bulk of their retribution in the form of eternal flames licking at their sin-infested anuses. That’s what God does to punish boys raped by priests, or so I am led to believe.
The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that “more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.” In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia. (LINK)
You read it right. If a priest has anal sex with an adolescent, it’s not raping a child. It’s a homosexual sin. And it’s the kid’s fault. Because they weren’t raped.
It’s not just the Catholic Church promoting this agenda. State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) introduced a bill mandating that victims of rape be re-classified as “accusers.” It’s a clear attempt to reframe an already under-reported crime and paint the victims as aggressors. For virtually every other offense, the term victim is perfectly acceptable. Even without a suspect, we say someone was a victim of robbery, homicide, or terrorism. But we’re going to change the language of rape to protect men and further victimize women.
In various states across America, there have been over 800 bills introduced with the purpose of restricting or eliminating women’s rights to abortions. Is that so different from the implementation of Sharia Law? Is it not a religious mandate being forced on the population, regardless of their personal beliefs or preferences?
Are we content in our superiority because the thousands of victims of priestly abuse haven’t been lashed to death for their crimes? Have we forgotten the decades when our own women turned up dead from back-alley abortions? I’m afraid I can’t see much of a difference between us and them. Between our thug-like enforcement of anti-choice policies worldwide and the Republitheocrats’ undermining of women’s rights, I think we have no moral high ground. We are perpetuating at least as much violence and abuse against women worldwide. In the name of Jesus.