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December 10, 2011

Butterflies and Wheels

Q: Why is this man worse than any movie monster? A: Because people gave him power.

Q: Why is this man worse than any movie monster? A: Because people gave him power.

Fourteen-year-old Reem, from Sanaa, was 11 years old when her father married her to her cousin, a man almost 21 years her senior. One day, Reem’s father dressed her in a niqab (the Islamic veil that covers the face, exposing only the eyes), and took her by car to Radda,150 kilometers southeast of Sanaa, to meet her soon-to-be husband. Against Reem’s will, a quick religious marriage ensued. Three days after she was married, her husband raped her. Reem attempted suicide by cutting her wrists with a razor. Her husband took her back to her father in Sanaa, and Reem then ran away to her mother (her parents are divorced). Reem’s mother escorted her to court in an attempt to get a divorce. The judge told her, “We don’t divorce little girls.” Reem replied, “But how come you allow little girls to get married?”

And the answer: because Mohammed did it.

Vlad II of Wallachia impaled his enemies on stakes. I guess we should be glad he wasn’t lucky enough to found a religion.

2 Comments
  1. jonjermey permalink

    I’m sure that Vlad was kind to his mother and loved daisies. My point was that he doesn’t provide a very good role model for rational behaviour in the 21st Century.

    Like Mohammed.

  2. țepeș permalink

    I’m sorry but Vlad “the impaler” still had more morallty then than some (not everybody) have today. He is viewed as a justiciar that punished criminals.
    I am aware of the things he has done. I am aware he killed 3000 innocents but doing so he turned away a turkish invasion if he wouldn’t many more would have died. Women and children would have been taken into slavery.
    Still there are stories that say that while he reigned a bag full with coins could be left near a fountain( they were frequented by travelers and bandits alike -and the Romanian Countries are renowend for many Robin Hood tipe characters in the Middle Ages-) and nobody would take it.
    I don’t see how this has anything to do with the marriege of a 11 years old girl.
    How would you feel if you were for example american and I would tell you that Lincoln was a racist that only freed the slaves to cripple Souths power to retaliate and America gain prestige (forgeting to mention that white people were feeling superior towards the blacks in that time period) as it was one of the last coutries (that is Western because Europe had most power in the world in that time and most white americans came from west european countries at first) that supported slavery.
    I would also like to remind you that his been demonised and popularised by Bram Stoker’s fictional story “Dracula” and even more by HOLLYWOOD so it would be nice to exclude it from this article as it doesn’t have anything to do with it.

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