The Pic: Yemeni school students hold up posters denouncing child marriage, as they take part in a protest outside the parliament in San'a, Yemen, Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Hundreds women protest in front of the parliament in support of a draft law prohibiting marriage under the age of 17. Arab slogans read "no for killing childhood" and "Fawzya Abdullah: a victim of underage marriage."
The Buzz: A 13-year-old Yemeni girl has died of injuries to her genitals four days after a family-arranged marriage, a human rights group said. The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages. Legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry is in serious peril after strong opposition from some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leaders.
Hang on! Don't start throwing stones yet.
Some 45 years ago, a family living off Highway 210 in lovely bucolic Johnston County signed for their 12 year old daughter to marry a grown man. I can show you the house. I can show you the tree that once held the girl's swing.
I cannot show you the girl's childhood.
Ignorance, poverty, and illiteracy are no stranger to this world. They are the prime ingredients of fear. How else do idiotic religions take root and flourish?
Take another read of that last sentence in The Buzz. The Yemeni Islamic leaders are fighting legislation to ban marriage before 17. Sound familiar? It should. Look at the infiltration of the state by the church here to ban same-sex expressions of love.
And more. Look at the amendment to the Pledge of Allegiance from some 60 years ago. Under God? Read your money lately?
We are hardly any better.
Now, let's go find those stones.
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