Here's another story that will cause you to:
B) scream at your computer.
C) thank God that you live in the United States.
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - She was 2 years old when her father promised her in marriage to a man in his 30s. It was a swap, so the father could marry the man's sister without paying the obligatory bride-price.
At age 9, the girl was put on a sack of rice to appear taller next to the bridegroom in the wedding picture. At 11, she was taken to her husband's house to live. Despite promising not to consummate the marriage before she reached puberty, he tied her to a bed, stuffed a rag in her mouth and raped her, she says.
"One day he tied me up and attacked me," the girl, who is now 13 and has fled her husband, told The Associated Press on Wednesday, choking with tears during an interview at an orphanage that has given her shelter. Her name and her husband's aren't being used to protect her identity.
Child marriages are widespread in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, where tribal customs dominate society. More than a quarter of its females marry before age 15, according to a recent report by the Social Affairs Ministry.
This is the difference between the United States and some Islamic countries. They call it child marriage, we call it rape.
Yemen is considering banning marriages to anyone under 17 years old, which is a good thing. But there are some law-makers there who seem to have a different point of view. (When I say they "have a different point of view" I really mean that they are jackasses. Read on and decide.
Yemen legislator Sheik Mohammed al-Hazmi, one of the most ardent opponents of a minimum marriage age, says the new law is a "Western plot aimed at Westernizing our culture."
"The West wants to teach us how to marry, conceive and divorce. This is cultural colonization that we reject," he told AP.
Well, douche bag, it's starting to look as if we DO have to teach your ignorant butt a few things. Civilized countries do not allow pre-pubescent kids to marry. Besides, I don't want to hear a word of complaint from the likes of you. People like you are the type that kill women for wanting to have a life. You are the little Hitler type jackass who enjoys watching people have their fingers chopped off because they haven't prayed to Allah in a few hours.
And then when I thought these nutballs could not scare me anymore, this same guy gave me an insight into their psyche.
Al-Hazmi said Islam permits the practice because nothing in the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad bans it. "Everything that is not forbidden is permitted," he said.
That about explains everything doesn't it? I guess the Quran never said a word about not crashing airplanes into skyscrapers and buildings, so that must mean that it's OK by Allah.
Here's the rest of the story about the young girl who was raped.
She first came to the orphanage when her father died, when she was 11. She had not yet moved in with her husband, because the agreement had been that she would do so at puberty.
But she said her brother showed up at the orphanage and persuaded her to go with him, telling her they would seek a court annulment of the marriage. Instead, he took her to her husband's house in the southern town of Thammar for a bribe of about $200, the girl said. About nine months later, the husband forced her into sex, she said.
She got a chance to break away when she developed stomach and vocal cord problems last year and her husband sent her to San'a for treatment. She escaped from the house where she was staying and fled to the orphanage 10 months ago.
Today, at 13, she is learning to read and write and beginning to think about the future.
"I want to become a businesswoman," she said, two tiny dimples lighting up her thin face.
Thirteen years old and she is just now learning how to read. Makes me sick. I hope this child grows up to fight the ignorant fools in her country. But from reading other stories concerning women from Islamic countries, I fear for her very life.