Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Afghanistan Legalizes Rape

For reasons known only to insane people, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has signed into law a bill that sets strict domestic rules for Shiite families. It's now illegal for a Shiite woman to refuse her husband's sexual advances unless she's ill. On the flip side, Shiite husbands can only refrain from having sex with their wives a maximum of four months at a time. Some are saying Karzai signed the bill to appease potential Shiite voters who make up about 20% of Afghanistan's religious population, but that still doesn't explain why this supposedly liberated country would have such a bill in their legislature to begin with. Sometimes it's really frustrating to see how far secular freedom has to go in much of the world. And by "sometimes", I mean "every waking moment". More details here.

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