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Demented #GOP Rep.says something called “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancy #womensrights #tcot #tlot

RRD:The Republican candidate for one of Missouri’s Senate seats, Rep.Akin believes that something that he calls “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancies.Presumably by ” legitimate” he meant ” actual” or ”real” but even if we grant that, that merely moves him from being a advocate of Raping women to ”just” being a buffoon. Akin on “Legitimate Rape” – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKa5CY-KOHc&feature=youtu.be “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said.” RRD: The genius did not specify what ”ways” he was referring to:Magic?Telepathic signals from the uterus to The Stork telling it not to bring the baby,perhaps? ”Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment. But the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child,” he said.” Controversial Akin comment on rape sparks firestorm – The Hill’s Video http://thehill.com/video/campaign/244295-controversial-akin-comments-on-rape-concern-gop RRD:Translation:women who are raped must be forced to give birth. The results of this buffoon’s statement were predictable: “Moderate” Republicans and the Romney campaign denounce him(fn1),while some Republicans(Erick Erickson fn2),try to explain away and downplay his statement,while Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tries to tie this creature to Romney.(fn3) This last is particularly ironic given the fact that there is someone much closer to herself (than Akin is to Romney) that has made outlandish & inexcusable comments:one of her aides(fn4)yet Wasserman-Schultz believes that that person should be forgiven & would look askance at anyone who suggested that she(DWS) was to blame for her aide’s comment.(fn5) In any event Akin must step down. National GOP pulls funding from Todd Akin’s Missouri race – The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-todd-akins-rape-comments-abortion-is-back-in-the-campaign-spotlight/2012/08/20/c497bae4-eac7-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics The Todd Akin Fiasco « Commentary Magazine http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/08/20/the-todd-akin-fiasco/ Footnotes: fn1. Fellow Republican Rehberg calls Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comments ‘reprehensible’ – The Hill’s Ballot Box http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/244305-fellow-republican-rehberg-unloads-on-akin-following-legitimate-rape-comments Sen. Brown calls for Akin to step down as GOP Senate nominee – The Hill’s Ballot Box http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/244353-brown-calls-for-akins-resignation-from-gop-nomination fn2. Todd Akin’s Dumb Comment vs. Obama’s Support of Infanticide | RedState http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/08/20/todd-akins-dumb-comment-vs-obamas-support-of-infanticide/ fn3. Dem Party chief: Akin and Republicans want women in ‘the Dark Ages’ – The Hill’s Healthwatch http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/244343-dnc-chair-akin-gop-want-women-in-the-dark-ages- fn4 Democratic staffer puts on Jewish version of a minstrel show. – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/democratic-staffer-puts-on-jewish-version-of fn5. Wasserman Schultz says “jewbag” aide should be forgiven,while DNC communications director says she is being “smeared” #jcot #2012 – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/wasserman-schultz-says-jewbag-aide-should-be

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Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic #womensrights

Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was

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delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic RRD: A 16 yr old girl is dead from leukemia.Her chemotherapy, which may or may not have saved her life, was delayed due to her Doctors’ fears that they would be criminally prosecuted under the Dominican Republic’s anti-abortion law A Co-sponsor of the bill has argued that the bill applies only to abortion & not to medical treatment. Save a life, or break abortion laws? http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion-teen/index.html?c=&page=0 ”Bautista Rojas Gomez, the Dominican minister of health, has publicly indicated he favors chemotherapy over protecting the pregnancy, but doctors are still reluctant to act for fear of prosecution. Pelegrin Castillo, one of the architects of Article 37, says the constitutional ban does not prevent doctors from administering the treatment. It does, however, prevent them from practicing an abortion in order to treat the patient with chemotherapy. “It’s an artificial debate,” Castillo said. “What we have clearly said is that in this case doctors are authorized by the constitution to treat the patient. They don’t have to worry about anything. They have the mandate of protecting both lives.” Groups rail the Dominican Catholic Church for abortion ban – DominicanToday.com http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2009/4/23/31774/Groups-rail-the-Dominican-Catholic-Church-for-abortion-ban In that regard, the Dominican Gynecology and Obstetrics Society Wednesday warned that the number of maternal deaths will increase considerably, with the approval of the article that bans the interruption of pregnancies. The entity’s president, Aldrian Almonte, said the current figure of 160 deaths for each 100,000 live births per year will increase, because doctors would be reluctant to proceed from fear of being charged in cases where they must decide on the interruption of a pregnancy to preserve the mother’s life. “Those deaths are product of the unsafe abortions. I would like of the honorable legislators to tell me what are we going to do before the presence of a woman with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, convulsing in any emergency room around the country, what must we do, see her die to protect ourselves from the repercussions that article 30 stipulates?,” he said.” Chemotherapy starts for pregnant teen http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 Teen at center of abortion debate dies http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 ”The teen died from complications of the disease, said Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital. “They have killed me, I’m dead, dead. I’m nothing,” her mother said. ” She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead.” The patient was 13 weeks pregnant. Her body rejected a blood transfusion and did not respond to the chemotherapy, and her condition worsened overnight, Cabrera said. She then suffered a miscarriage early Friday, followed by cardiac arrest, and doctors were unable to revive her”

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Hena Akhter,14yr old Bangladeshi girl murdered by Imam for ”adultery” which might have been rape #no2sharia #womensrights #tcot

Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death – CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/29/bangladesh.lashing.death/index.html?on.cnn=1

….”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.”…

Background:

….”Many months later on a winter night, as Hena’s sister Alya told it, Hena was walking from her room to an outdoor toilet when Mahbub Khan gagged her with cloth, forced her behind nearby shrubbery and beat and raped her.

Hena struggled to escape, Alya told CNN. Mahbub Khan’s wife heard Hena’s muffled screams and when she found Hena with her husband, she dragged the teenage girl back to her hut, beat her and trampled her on the floor.

The next day, the village elders met to discuss the case at Mahbub Khan’s house, Alya said. The imam pronounced his fatwa. Khan and Hena were found guilty of an illicit relationship. Her punishment under sharia or Islamic law was 101 lashes; his 201.

Mahbub Khan managed to escape after the first few lashes.”…

RRD:In a separate,wholly unrelated story,one of Obama’s advisors on Islam said:

“The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance”.

Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/6274387/Obama-adviser-says-Sharia-Law-is-misunderstood.html

”Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir’s national women’s officer, Nazreen Nawaz.

During the 45-minute discussion, on the Islam Channel programme Muslimah Dilemma earlier this week, the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular “man -made law” and the West’s “lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism”.

They called for Sharia Law to be “the source of legislation” and said that women should not be “permitted to hold a position of leadership in government”.

Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that “promiscuity” and the “breakdown of traditional values” were what Muslims admired least about the West.

She said: “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media.

“The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.

“The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases.”

Sharia in its broadest sense is a religious code for living, which decrees such matters as fasting and dressing modestly. However, it has also been interpreted as requiring the separation of men and women.

It also includes the controversial “Hadd offences”, crimes with specific penalties set by the Koran and the sayings of the prophet Mohammed. These include death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality and the removal of a hand for theft.

Miss Mogahed admitted that even many Muslims associated Sharia with “maximum criminal punishments” and “laws that… to many people seem unequal to women,” but added: “Part of the reason that there is this perception of Sharia is because Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood”

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Yemenite herbalist Sharifa Amr beheaded for ”sorcery”[WARNING GRAPHIC pic of head]

Yemen: Sharia Supporters Behead ‘Sorceress’ :: Raymond Ibrahim

http://www.raymondibrahim.com/2012/04/yemen-sharia-supporters-behead-sorceress

”According to the Arabic website Al Shorfa, an al-Qaeda affiliated group in Yemen, called Ansar al-Sharia (or the “Supporters of Sharia Law”) beheaded a woman on April 11 for “practicing magic and sorcery.” Members of the group broke into the home of Sharifa Amr—a local healer who used natural herbs to treat sick people—”beheaded her, and then hung her severed head in front of the home of another popular healer in the region, as a warning that he might share her fate.”

The remainder of the report notes how several Yemeni officials condemned the attack—not because it is absurd to murder herbalists -deemed -sorcerers, but because the “Supporters of Sharia” ironically contradicted Sharia, at least somewhat.

According to Sheik Jabri Ibrahim, general director of Yemen’s Ministry of Endowments and Guidance, punishing “sorcerers and magicians” can only be performed after “first summoning the magicians to a council with the ulema [Sharia scholars], who are obligated to advise and persuade him, showing him evidence from Sharia that Islam forbids the practice of sorcery and magic.”

Google Translate Original source Al Shorfa

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.al-shorfa.com%2Fcocoon%2Fmeii%2Fxhtml%2Far%2Ffeatures%2Fmeii%2Ffeatures%2Fmain%2F2012%2F04%2F17%2Ffeature-01

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Family of Gelareh Bagherzadeh- Iranian #Humanrights activist murderered in Houston– offer $200k reward for information on her murderer

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Record U.S. Crime Stoppers reward of $200K offered in murder of medical researcher/anti-Iran activist – Your Houston News: News

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/bellaire/news/record-u-s-crime-stoppers-reward-of-k-offered-in/article_10e5eaa2-6e31-5dd7-873d-6c3051804b84.html?photo=1

…”Crime Stoppers is offering a record $200,000 privately funded reward to solve the mystery of a medical researcher who was shot to death in her car on Jan. 16 behind the Tanglewood townhome she shared with her family.

“It’s been four months since my sister was senselessly murdered behind our home. These past four months have been unimaginably hard on all of us,” said the victim’s brother, Ali Bagherzadeh.

His sister had moved to Houston about five years earlier and was active in the organization Sabaz Houston, opposing political oppression and treatment of women in Iran.”

”Police ask anyone with information about the murder to contact Crime Stoppers at 713 -222 -TIPS. All tipsters remain anonymous.”

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Egyptian Government may pass laws #Womensrights & permitting Necrophilia #humanrights #tcot

Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/25/210198.html

RRD:Previously I warned that there was a very real risk that Islamists could come to power in Egypt.(fn1).
Now the Egyptian Government is seriously considering legislation that would lower the age of marriage to 14,curtail a woman’s right to divorce & her right to get a education and–bizarrely even for Islamists–permit a husband to perform sex acts upon his wife’s corpse.

Local Women’s Rights groups are protesting and it remains to be seen whether this insanity will become law.

Footnotes:

fn1.
A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest

https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/

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Lars Hedegaard charged with ”crime” of saying sexual abuse is a serious problem among Muslims #womensrights #tcot #freedomofspeech

PJ Media » Round Three in the Trial of Lars Hedegaard

http://pjmedia.com/blog/round-three-in-the-trial-of-lars-hedegaard/?singlepage=true

…..”In a defamation case in the United States, the truth of the statement at issue is a defense to the cause of action. Not so for prosecutions under Article 266(b); truth is not an available defense. In his first two trials, Hedegaard was not allowed to offer any evidence that what he said was actually true (though he was permitted to reference it in his closing remarks), nor will he be allowed to offer such evidence at the Supreme Court. According to Hedegaard:

I should have the right to prove my case. I could have called witnesses. I could have quoted holy books and statements, and I could have referred to facts. But you cannot do that in a court of law in Denmark if you are accused under this infamous Article 266(b). Whether or not what you are saying is true is immaterial. If somebody feels offended or if the prosecutor thinks that somebody has a reason to feel offended, whether or not you speak the truth has no bearing on the case. That is what is surprising about Danish jurisprudence.

Though evidence of the truth of the statements is no defense, that did not stop the prosecutor in the Superior Court trial from raising the issue himself. According to Hedegaard, “Of course I wasn’t asked about evidence in favor of my contention that sexual assaults are prevalent or a big problem in Muslim culture.” He went on to say, “But the prosecutor took the liberty of referring to the content of what I had said and said you can’t even prove that. Which of course was quite true — I couldn’t prove it because I wasn’t allowed to prove any of it.” But beyond Hedegaard, who is being prosecuted for daring to raise the issues, who are the real victims of our not being able to have an open and honest discussion about sexual violence in any community ?”….

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Tunisia’s secularists under siege by Islamists.

RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:

”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”

(Video of the assault)

Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NBgHVA32gHY

Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/world/africa/tunisia-navigates-a-democratic-path-tinged-with-religion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…

….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..

RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.

….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…

RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)

RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)

He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.

On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.

Krichen:
….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….

RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)

Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.

One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.

The Times:

…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”

“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”

“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”

Footnotes:

fn1.

From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.

Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataouine

”The real Star Wars?”

http://asap.ap.org/stories/319404.s

fn2.

Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/02/02/2742802/tunisian-synagogue-attacked-by-arsonists

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The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/22/movies/20071225_PERSEPOLIS_FEATURE.html?ref=movies

Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/351485/Persepolis/trailers

Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/25/movies/25pers.html

Pantheon Graphic Novels

http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/persepolis.html

Persepolis (2007) – IMDb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

PERSEPOLIS | A SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RELEASE

http://www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis/

Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Persepolis-Marjane-Satrapi/dp/0375714839/ref=pd_vtp_b_4

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An Update On Iranian Stoning Case | Middle East | Editorial

http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/middle-east/An-Update-On-Iranian-Stoning-Case–137907153.html

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Tunisian Elections and the Road to the Caliphate :: Middle East Forum

http://www.meforum.org/3083/tunisian-elections

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