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America’s disturbing epidemic of police abuse revealed: “When the person who sexually assaults you is a police officer, who do you call?”

America’s disturbing epidemic of police abuse revealed: “When the person who sexually assaults you is a police officer, who do you call?” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A shocking new report by the Associated press found 1,000 reports of sexual misconduct in six years
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The greater problem is that law enforcement gives rogue cops a pass instead of holding them to the highest standards. In my opinion castration is the correct consequence for a police officer who uses his badge to rape or abuse women. Castration along with incarceration in the general population.

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Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-abortion groups are now masquerading as post-abortion care services, and peddling medical lies about the procedure.
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Evil done in the name of god or a religious belief is still evil. In my opinion there are many evil people in the anti-abortion crowd.

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Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits'

Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said plenty of church-approved ways are available to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the "ideological colonization" of the developing world.
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He said, "The woman might argue that she should trust in God. "But God gives you methods to be responsible." I guess science and modern medical techniques aren't gifts from God so women aren't allowed to use them. Now that's downright absurd. And, by the way, why is it the woman's responsibility? Does that mean he endorses the conservative Islamic view that the woman must remove the temptation from the man by hiding herself? It is only when the Catholic Church accepts the right of women to have true equality and freedom that any Pontiff will be truly worth respecting.

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The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The Islamic State of Sexual Violence | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyone in Washington talk about it?
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The real challenge is getting Islamic clerics to speak out with certainty to condemn this behavior. It is reported that "during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, a rapist was punished based on only the testimony of the victim. Wa'il ibn Hujr reported that a woman publicly identified a man who had raped her. The people caught the man and brought him to the Prophet Muhammad. He told the woman to go, that she was not to be blamed, and ordered that the man be put to death." On the other hand, we have this: "Qur’an 33:50—O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war ..." which clearly gives possession of women taken in war to the fighters making it not rape but rightful possession. So it isn't clear if Islam condemns this as a crime against Allah or not. Again, how do we get the clerics to condemn the behavior?  

 

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How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children

How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The religious right touts homeschooling as a viable educational alternative. Parents, grads tell a different story
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Is homeschooling educational neglect or protection of ones children from an intrusive state? Should "Biblical" based ideology be allowed as the basis of homeschooling or should there be regulation to require a full range of academics? For my part, I think many of these families have very bright kids who are being deprived of a chance to reach their full potential, especially the girls.

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Religious Groups and Employers Battle Contraception Mandate

Religious Groups and Employers Battle Contraception Mandate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In recent months, federal courts have seen dozens of lawsuits from religious institutions and private employers who say providing birth control to employees would violate their beliefs.
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How many of those individuals behind bringing these suits actually use contraception themselves? Bet a lot. How many of them do other things in contradiction to their beliefs? Even more. How about "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone"? As I would not decide your private moral decisions for you, so, too, do I object to your trying to decide mine for me.

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ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool.
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Is this not the ultimate challenge to modern Islam and to the Islamic countries of the world? Either it is unacceptable apostasy and places ISIS in direct conflict with the will of Allah and the teachings of the Prophet, or it is acceptable theology and thereby places the teachings of the faith into disrepute. But wait, wasn't this the same question faced by European countries in dealing with mid-nineteenth century America. If we raise this question about Islam, are we not also raising it about our own past? Either slavery and especially sexual slavery is in context alright or we must recognize once again that our country was founded on something that was evil. Isn't it time that we truly wrestled with that national guilt. I believe we should have a yearly national day of atonement in which we talk about slavery (and Native Americans). Meanwhile, we can hope that the Islamic leaders of all sects will join together in condemning this horror.

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It's a pop song like no other. But not every woman is allowed to hear it.

It's a pop song like no other. But not every woman is allowed to hear it. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some women risk their lives for the simple right to listen to a song like this one.
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A powerful message and a well delivered song.  Take a few minutes to appreciate the courage it takes for women in many parts of the world to express themselves and to call for equality.

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America’s sex abuse surprise: Why our search for “monsters” is blinding us

America’s sex abuse surprise: Why our search for “monsters” is blinding us | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A nation guarding only against "evil" men is missing the ghastly -- ordinary -- face of sexual violence. Here's how
Kenneth Weene's insight:

As I read this piece, I came to wonder if one problem isn't the centering of so much of our thinking on the nature of rape, as if all male forceful and pushing of sexuality were that one thing. In the process of that political redefinition of male-female relationships we have lost the underlying aggression of rape, that which makes it not an act of sexual desire so much as one of hostility. This doesn't mean that women should not be protected from being pushed into sex nor that men should be given a pass when it comes to not understanding the word no. However, I am not sure that we should use the same thinking and labeling when it comes to the young man who keeps pushing for sex and the assailant who grabs a woman unawares. While both are expressions of animalistic imperatives, they are not the same. What do you think?

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Malala suspects held - Pakistan army

Malala suspects held - Pakistan army | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested," army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference on Friday.

He said 10 members of a faction called "Shura", which the army says is part of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), had been arrested in a joint operation with Pakistan's army, police and intelligence services."

Kenneth Weene's insight:

One of the saddest realities of human society is that when a people  are deprived of autonomy, liberty, and quality of life the most brutal and hateful among them often rise to leadership. While I support the creation of a modern Pashto state in Afghanistan and part of Pakistan, the brutality and repressiveness (especially towards women) of the Taliban must disgust us all. Malala is not just a symbol of the educational rights of young women but of the rights of the Pashto to proper government.

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Why is a mom facing jail for helping her teen have an abortion?

Why is a mom facing jail for helping her teen have an abortion? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The punishing price of abortion restrictions
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While this mother broke the law and while there are good reasons for some of those laws, as witnessed by the fact that her daughter ended up needing hospital care, what this story clearly shows is the need for better access to medical care for the poor and for better access to gynecological care in particular. Of course good sex education is also important so cases like this can be avoided by prevention.

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