Saturday, July 25, 2009

Let's play "Guess the Intolerant Religion!"

Absolutely terrible story in the news right now... an 8-year-old girl in Arizona, the daughter of Liberian immigrants, was lured into a shed by a group of boys aged 9 to 14 and repeatedly raped. As if that weren't bad enough, her family decided that the girl had "shamed" them, and basically refused to do anything to take care of her in the aftermath of the rape, leading the girl being taken into custody by CPS.

Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the reason they feel like a rape victim brings shame in the family probably has to do with religion. I mean, I've never heard of secular humanist saying, "Since I abhor dogma and hold reason in the highest regard, I'm'a go honor-kill mah daughter!" However, none of the news reports say anything about the parents' religion, though, so I'm not sure which sickening delusion I should be criticizing today. What a quandary!

According to Wikipedia, Liberia has a plurality of Christians (40%), so playing the odds that would be most likely. They do have a non-trivial Muslim population (20%), and I gotta say, this type of shenanigans has the earmark of being inspired by the Religion of Peace... but who knows, it could just as easily be Christianity, or even an indigenous Liberian belief system (20%).

Now accepting bets!


  1. Despite the lower percentage, I place my bet on 'Muslim'.
    Because Christians, and I'm specificallly referring to Roman Catholics here, see nothing wrong in rape ... as long as it results in pregnancy of cource!
    (Don't believe me? Read the Bible!)

  2. I agree, Muslim. The Catholic 9 year old girl in Brazil who was impregnated with twins by her dad was merely excommunicated for having an abortion... as was the doctor and everyone who supported this decision. Rape is okay for the Christians... as long as it results in more vectors for the religion to spread.

  3. The more I think about it, the more I am thinking it is some kind of indigenous Liberian belief system. That would explain why none of the news stories mention it -- it would be a complicated distraction for what is otherwise an easy-to-understand and horribly shocking (i.e. lucrative) storyline.

    Hmm, and according to the Arizona Republic, rape wasn't even illegal in Liberia until 2006... Eeps...

  4. I am going to bet on Christianity. It is so f-ed up that I have to assume they were Christians, unless they were Muslims, because Muslims can be just as f-ed up towards their own children as Christians. Of course, it could always be one of those even-more-primite local religions, because that is where those Christians and Muslims got their inspiration. Oh hell, lets just say it was a religion. The very fact that we cannot guess which one it was - that speaks for itself.