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A bit of TOK

In интернет, ethics, moral issues, philosophy, relationship, religion, traditions, writing on February 18, 2013 at 12:54

Church of England nixes female bishops. Do religions treat women as inferior?

Its a sort of traditional “social darwinism” backed up by old religions: all because unlike men women can only have one child (or one set of multiples) from one father per year and human males traditionally fight over females. THIS is what traditional religions protect while our civilization already has outgrown attitudes like that. Zeitgeist is to treat women as humans and care for week & disabled.

Is Atheism a Religion?

1. You don’t define people as non-astrologist or non-fortune-tellers. 2. Religion equals beliefs in something supernatural (spiritual) plus priests, prayers, books, temples, legends. A-theist obviosely don’t have that. Religious peple must be so desperate trying to prove that what they call “atheism” is just the same thing. So they don’t feel left behind.

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Maps of human potential and its waste

In взаимоотношения, мораль, наука, отношения, ethics, freedom, good life, legal issues, moral issues, религия, свобода, традиции, people, places, relationship, religion, traditions on February 11, 2013 at 08:59

First, two news items:


1. "Three-year-old girl joins Mensa with an IQ ‘higher than
Stephen Hawking’ to become just one of 18 pre-school members
  • Alice Amos, from Guildford, Surrey, scored 162 in the Stanford Binet test
  • The toddler is already bilingual, speaking both English and Russian
  • Her IQ matches some of the world's most notable intellectuals both past and present"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2275775/Three-year-old-girl-joins-Mensa-IQ-higher-Stephen-Hawking-just-18-pre-school-members.html#ixzz2KZn9INvt  Good for her! But I can't stop thinking about poor girls from the countries where women are not treated equally. 
So much of human potential is lost because of this.
2. "Sharia Law Swallowing Indonesia

by Mohshin Habib  February 7, 2013 at 3:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3579/indonesia-sharia

Indonesia, once a country of diversity, is now becoming 
a place for one-way Islam.
Although Indonesia, "the world largest Muslim country"
with an 87% Muslim population, was once considered a 
moderate Muslim country, day by day it has been leaning
more and more towards conservative Islam and Sharia 
laws. Initiated in 2009, bylaws in the light 
of Sharia rulings were implemented that conflict
with the values of human rights, and are
creating a difficult land for minorities to live in.
Indonesian Aceh province authorities recently launched an
initiative, despite opposition from human rights activists,
to ban women from straddling motorcycle when riding behind 
a man. Suaidi Yahia, mayor of Lhokseumawe, the second large
city of the province, said to the Associated Press, "It is
improper for women to sit astride. We implement Islamic
law here." He later said, "women sitting on motorbikes must
not sit astride: it will provoke the male drivers." Instead,
they allow women to sit sidesaddle, which is dangerous
on a motorcycle."

Then a few maps:

 

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Teen forced to marry rapist

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2012 at 09:20

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Amman – 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, took her to the desert where he had a pitched a tent and raped her for three consecutive days, judicial sources said.

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

Within days news emerged that the boy had agreed to marry the girl, while all charges against him have been dropped.

Earlier this month, another girl, aged 15, was talked into following a young man to an empty apartment in Amman where she was also raped.

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

Article 308 allows rape charges to be dropped if the perpetrator 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, who get punished… for God knows what,” Nadia Shamrukh, head of the Jordanian Women’s Union, told AFP.

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

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

“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 Eva Abu Halaweh, a lawyer and human rights activist who heads law group Mizan.

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

Abu Halaweh 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.

“Even if the victim does not resist marrying her rapist, he should not walk free… The penalty could be reduced.”

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

“The problem is how some local and 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.”

Tawalbeh 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,” she said.

“I think the law fits our society and reality. It protects the girls by forcing attackers to marry them.”

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of “honour” and at least six such killings have been reported so far this year, according to authorities.

Murder is punishable by death, but in “honour killings,” courts sometimes commute or reduce sentences.

But Hani Jahshan, who is a forensic pathologist and physician at the health ministry and the Family Protection Directorate, has a quite different view of Article 308.

“This law is a stark violation of rights of women and children,” he said “Sexual violence has a deep impact on victims that could last for a long time, and if a raped girl marries her rapist, her suffering will only be aggravated.”

Jahshan blamed social misconceptions.

“Society believes that a female’s virginity must be preserved until marriage. This forces girls to marry their rapists in order to protect her reputation and avoid social problems,” he said.

Jordanians, particularly women activists, have held several street protests against the law.

“This issue must be effectively addressed,” Nadia Hashem Alul, Jordan’s first state minister for women’s affairs, told AFP. “I think Article 308 should be amended to ensure justice to rape victims.” – Sapa-AFP

Taliban mentality or Sharia for a brain

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 07:21

And would you allow women to work in offices? Sharia does not allow that. We should leave this until we conquer some offices, and if there is need for work, we will gather the ulema to decide based on Sharia. That if a woman works, under what conditions should she work? Only if it is permitted under Sharia orders. If not, then working with a stranger, with a foreigner -even the voice of a woman is banned on a strange man. Allah says in his book that the man should lower his gaze and so should the woman -if looking is not permitted, talking is not permitted, then how can they work? Here, we want a Sharia system. Whatever is allowed in Sharia, we will not disobey. We do not want a western or democracy system. What about the parliament? Would you permit them to be MPs? The way it is now, this parliament -we reject this entirely. This does not exist in the Sharia, this is a western system, a democracy system. Their going to this parliament and joining this kind of a parliament in itself could be a reason for jihad -that our women are this free now. Listen to BBC, how they speak. Hearing a woman’s voice is banned on others. They speak on the radio, in the parliament, on TV -while not being covered -and the whole world hears their voice. I want to say this briefly: if Sharia does not allow it…

more at http://i.aljazeera.net/?name=aj_iphone_en&i=8901&guid=201243135956894735&showonly=1

Taliban mentality or Sharia for a brain

“Women should not mix with men”

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 at 17:43

Afghanistan’s top religious council has said women should not mix with men in school, work or other aspects of daily life. The Ulema Council has also said that women should not travel without a male relative. The BBC’s Orla Guerin has been hearing reaction to the ruling from people in Kabul. The comments by senior clerics -which have been welcomed by President Hamid Karzai -were included in a statement outlining the rights and duties of women under Islam. Human Rights Watch says it is worrying that the Ulema Council has issued this statement, and that President Karzai has backed it. The council says its comments are a request and a reminder, not an instruction. But critics say the statement is an echo of the Taliban.

“Women should not mix with men”

Criminalising Singing in Israel…

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2011 at 08:26

…The whole subject of women’s singing was the last straw. I took singing and was in choirs most of my life. When someone says: ‘Shut up. You can’t sing, because you are a woman’ — that hits me on such a basic level, I had to do something about it.

Triggering her outrage in particular was the response of Israel’s chief rabbi to the controversy regarding women’s singing in IDF ceremonies, in which he recommended female singing be avoided to protect religious male sensibilities, citing the law which compares a women’s voice to “nakedness” or, as she points out — is more literally translated as sound that is “pubic.”

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/145007/#ixzz1dlCwuQgz

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