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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Afghan law legalizes rape

Somebody explain to me why we're investing so many American lives in Afghanistan, a country that refuses to treat women as equal citizens and has passed a law legalizing marital rape.
"As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night," Article 132 of the law says. "Unless the wife is ill or has any kind of illness that intercourse could aggravate, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband."
We helped chase the Taliban off for this government? Now, I realize there are cultural differences between Afghanistan and the United States of America, but a human being is a human being regardless of where they're from, and no woman ever deserves to be raped and especially not with the government dictating the legality of such an act. And the United States should not stand idly by and provide comfort and assistance to those who promote such policies. Otherwise, our government and theirs are no better than the rapists themselves.


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