Who will stand for women?

Rape in Dubai, and its aftermath, is an assault on freedom

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Like a weekend hacker who can’t shoot straight, the Western media last week were all over Muirfield golf course as it hosted the British Open – and we mean all over it – for not admitting female members.

“Never mind that this is an issue that has no impact on any of our lives,” writes Jay Hart, senior editor of Yahoo Sports. “When there’s low-hanging fruit to be picked, well, (the media will) pick it.”

Absolutely.

So let’s talk about some of the higher-up fruit the media are either missing or soft-peddling.

While the big story in the West was that men are somehow injuring women by having their own golf club, a woman in Dubai was freed from jail – “pardoned,” they claim – after being sentenced to 16 months for being raped.

You read that right. She was jailed for being raped.

And that’s in Dubai – supposedly the bastion of modern, liberal, enlightened, worldly Islam.

The Norwegian woman on a business visit had reported to police that a colleague from Sudan had raped her. Authorities jailed both of them, sentencing her to 16 months for extramarital sex and drinking. The alleged rapist got only 13 months, though you’ll be glad to know that he earned a pardon, too. Apparently it’s hard to get convicted of rape there unless you confess or have an adult male witness testify against you.

They certainly can’t listen to a woman!

What an outrage, and an assault on human freedom.

Of course, if you take your cues from the media, you’d think that the real outrage was a golf club in Scotland.

There are no words to adequately express our disgust and revulsion at a system – political or religious – that so reviles women that it imprisons them for having been sexually assaulted. That not only re-victimizes a victim, but it also discourages other victims from ever coming forward – de facto, legitimizing rape.

Thank goodness the woman in this case, 24-year-old Marte Deborah Dalelv, had the courage to tell her story publicly, so as to bring international and diplomatic pressure to bear on authorities in Dubai to release her.

It shouldn’t take the intervention of foreign governments, or a few focused media outlets – or a brave young woman willing to make her assault publicly known – to prevent such gross miscarriages of justice. Women should not have to put themselves in harm’s way by simply entering a country and attempting to do business there.

Don’t look now, but there is a growing push in various places in America to recognize the very sharia law that treats women in such ways.

Now is the time to stand up against such evil.

The world famously, and rightly, banded together to end racial apartheid. When will we stand up for women thusly?

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fedex227
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fedex227 07/26/13 - 12:24 am
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ACES/The Republican Party ...
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The party of women. Hehe.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/26/13 - 03:33 am
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"Don’t look now, but there is

"Don’t look now, but there is a growing push in various places in America to recognize the very sharia law that treats women in such ways." Once agaiin the Chronicle plays fast and loose with the truth. Obviously it's a requirement of the right wing media. Rather than a push to recognize Shariah law which like all foreign laws are used to determine contract and property disputes, trade issues, estate issues, etc., we're more likely to have xenophobic red states and GOP politicians on the natinoal level attempt to pass laws banning consideration of foreign law in court cases. Ask any lawyers you know how this would gum up the legal system in the US. At the same time, these GOP politicians have no problem, even calling special sessions if s necessary, passing laws codifying their own particular religious beliefs as law and forcing a woman to follow a moral code they set down, not one of the woman's own choosing. Just call it Shariah American Style. Hypocrisy at its finest.

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jkline 07/26/13 - 03:33 am
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The solution? Do Not Visit Arab Countries

Arab countries could not care less what the US press has to say about this topic. My advice to people who think that the whole planet is their social project is to understand that Arab culture is what it is, and that outsiders cannot affect it. My advice to Westerners, particularly women in this case, is not to visit these countries. To say anything else is hot air.

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Riverman1 07/26/13 - 06:09 am
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Reminds Me Of...

So the Dubai police wanted to keep the pretty Norwegian young lady in jail for a while. It kind of reminds me of a local story with a pretty news reporter captured at one of those Muslim like, third world, DUI checkpoints. .075

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ymnbde 07/26/13 - 06:33 am
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drag a $50 bill through a trailah pahk...

isn't that the democrat version of women's rights?
if the dumb Arkansas women didn't submit to Bill they were trashed?
and if they did submit, they were smart?
yep, the dem's really know they womens
like Koestler's Rubishov, they must submit to the party first, the gender second
or perhaps their tax files will be accessed, altered, and disseminated amongst the populace?
and my goodness, bod, are you really willing the accept the rape part of sharia in order to get the rest? long post yet you didn't say you don't...

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Jon Lester 07/26/13 - 06:43 am
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The Gulf Cooperation Council member states are the primary
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supporters of the Syrian rebels. It's only ever been about Sunni supremacy, and most certainly not for "freedom."

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deestafford 07/26/13 - 07:19 am
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The news media bends over backward to protect anything

negative about muslim or democratic people. They will bash Christians, whites, republicans and those truly love America.

It's a shame that we have people in America, such as Bod and some Supreme Court justices, who believe we should be governed by laws from foreign countries which are written and passed with no input by our elected officials. We should be governed only under laws duly passed by elected American officials.

If one goes to Dearborn, MI one would find a muslim culture that is trying to use Sharia law to govern its section of the city. One only has to look to London to see what happens when this gets out of control.

For some inexplainable reason liberals wants to think of themselves as "citizens of the world" as if that makes them better than those of us who are Americans before anything else.

Once again the attitude of "Anything not American is better" is showing itself. I just wish liberals would understand that America has freed more people and increased the standard of living more than any country in history. Of course, reading and studying of history is an anathema to liberals because it would conflict with the spoon fed ideas they have been immersed in.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/26/13 - 07:53 am
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Keep the lie that the
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Keep the lie that the Republicans are waging a war against women, fedex......keep saying it and people will believe it is true.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/26/13 - 08:43 am
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And believe it to their everlasting harm, HA

Libtards and Dim-oc-rats are not about freedom and never have been. They are about control of the masses and privilege for "the elite".

Of course, they get to pick who "the elite" are and it absolutely doesn't include the dependent droolers or people with traditional morals and family values. Christians are the currently designated haters, unless of course they happen to be "gay" and Episcopalian.

As for women around the world who are being treated worse than cattle, nothing but crickets.

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RunningMan 07/26/13 - 09:37 am
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Foul

Riverman1...your comment is so far to the right and suggest you no longer know what center is anymore. I guess next you will say that the checkpoints are illegal, and out to catch pretty news reporters who are almost over the limit. Why not give it a rest and remind the pretty news reporter that driving under the influence is simply not good for her career.

fedex227
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fedex227 07/26/13 - 10:22 am
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HA, I never said Republicans were
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waging a war against women. But please feel free to put words into people's mouths as you're often inclined to do. Personnally I think it's more an attitude of indifference or control.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/26/13 - 10:25 am
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Ah....so your first post
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Ah....so your first post WASN'T liberal sarcasm......right.

Personally I believe the party that represents personal responsibility over the nanny state IS the party for women, men, and everyone!

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 07/26/13 - 10:47 am
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Last time I checked women

Last time I checked women were still not allowed to speak in a Southern Baptist Church if a man were present. Perhaps we could begin equality in treatment of women at home?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/13 - 11:10 am
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Banana Republic Tactic

RunningMan, the Supreme Court ruled checkpoints could be used in the 1980's because drunk driving was a national emergency and in such cases constitutional rights can be suspended. Even THEY implied the checkpoints are unconstitutional. I don't enjoy being stopped driving down the road at a checkpoint and I don't drink and drive. It's simply an infringement on my rights. As far as the reporter, she was .075 and the legal limit is .08 unless she was driving erractically, etc. Being stopped at a checkpoint is not an observation of poor driving. I suppose more will come out about the case later, but, frankly, I don't get it. Now, I'm not blaming any local law enforcement for running checkpoints because that's the hand they were dealt. It's the Supreme Court I find fault with for allowing this temporary measure to continue. It's simply a banana republic tactic.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/13 - 11:20 am
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Women can't speak in a

Women can't speak in a Southern Baptist Church. News to me and I be a Southern Baptist, but dang what if that actually were true. Heh.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 07/26/13 - 11:22 am
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Sorry Riverman1, substitute

Sorry Riverman1, substitute "preach" for "speak" and check again.

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fedex227 07/26/13 - 11:45 am
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Actually it was more ACES-directed sarcasm.
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By the way, although they make up almost 20 percent of congress, how many women chair major committees in the Republican controlled congress? That's liberal sarcasm.

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pearlthesquirrel 07/26/13 - 12:18 pm
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?????
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The Bible-thumping Chronicle wants "equality" for women? I quote 1 Timothy 2: 11-12: "A women should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a women to or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." Which is it going to be Augusta Chronicle, which is it going to be?.....The Bible or true, rightful, righteous equality for women?

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Fiat_Lux 07/26/13 - 12:28 pm
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But look at who they are on the Dem side, Fedex.

That should give you a bit of insight into the committee chair thingy.

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Bodhisattva 07/26/13 - 12:47 pm
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Libtards and dim-oc-crats?

Libtards and dim-oc-crats? Welcome to right wing world. The place where lip service is given to being free, as long as you look like us, act like us, dress like us, worship like us, and think like us. Everyone is out to get us. All of the tv tv channels, newspapers, magazines, and radio stations are plotting against us. There are only a few that tell the truth, and only we know who they are. All of the schools and scientists are in this plot too. That's why we can't trust them. Even some of the preachers are in on the plot too. They say Jesus would disapprove of the name calling, hate, and bias, and that he even hung out with poor people and said being rich wasn't such a good thing. It sure is a good thing we know everything and know that just because it's American, we know it's the best. We heard it in a country song. Maybe even in a few of them. Just look at the Chevy Chevette. We can even win every debate with some name calling, some made up history, and pretending we know what other people think.

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justthefacts 07/26/13 - 01:14 pm
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fedex

Sweet. Give us an update on women in the President's inner circle. Or Blacks for that matter. Hispanics?

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Humble Angela 07/26/13 - 02:24 pm
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justthefacts....stop using
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justthefacts....stop using facts....they hate that.

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chascushman 07/26/13 - 02:51 pm
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"We can even win every debate with some name calling, some made up history, and pretending we know what other people think."
techfan, good description of the left- wing liberals.

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fedex227 07/26/13 - 02:56 pm
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Facts ?
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You mean the fact that the President has appointed two women to the Supreme Court? Appointed women to positions that included Sec of State, Sec of the Interior, Dept of Homeland Security, Sec of Labor, OMB Director, Surgeon General, Sec of Health and Human Services, Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Director of the Secret Service …
And Mr. Boehner could not find one woman in Congress worthy of a major committee chair? Those facts?

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Humble Angela 07/26/13 - 02:59 pm
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Techfan has the patent on name calling and making up history.

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Fiat_Lux 07/26/13 - 03:08 pm
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@ Bod

It's Dim-oc-rats.

Get it right.

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Humble Angela 07/26/13 - 03:12 pm
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I would hate to think that I got a committee just because of my sex. But to the liberals, diversity is far more important that qualifications.

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fedex227 07/26/13 - 03:19 pm
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Moot point HA
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Your chance of getting a major committee chair in a Republican controlled congress is ... well, zero.

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I like that....make statements of fact that you know nothing about. Again....very typical.

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"Don’t look now, but there is
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"Don’t look now, but there is a growing push in various places in America to recognize the very sharia law that treats women in such ways."

The "editorial staff" would have credibility with its statement if it had included verifiably locations to let us know just how wide spread this is.

Are we to suppose that the Staff means female abuse and nothing else?

Are we to suppose that the Staff means arranged marriages and nothing else?

A little research on the net and we can learn that arranged marriages (and some ensuing mistreatment of females) can be found within other religious beliefs as well as Shari law.

The recent rapes of females in India had nothing to do with Shari law.

So, why is the AC Editorial Staff so hung up on Shari law?

I don't suppose it would have anything to do with just trying to keep things stirred up against Muslims per se., could it?

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