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Right-Wing War on Women: Rick Perry and the Texas Taliban (“This is pure evil”)

Rick Perry, woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban

Woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban, Rick Perry

The Texas Taliban, otherwise known as the right-wingnut theocratic regime of Texas governor Rick Perry, have this torture of a woman laid solely at their doors. No doubt they would chuckle in glee when they read this, because that’s what the Taliban does.

A triumph for the Texas Taliban:

From the moment he was born, my doctor told us, our son would suffer greatly.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby.

The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.”

When the description was finally over, the doctor held up a script and said he was legally obliged to read me information provided by the state.

As Ophelia Benson, author of this blog post, says, “This is pure evil.”

This is gleeful, wanton torture of a woman, by the godly, merciful, theocracy-based regime of Rick Perry, to badger and force her to have a baby whose future will be nothing but suffering — a baby that Rick Perry’s state will abandon and refuse to help from the moment they force it to be born.

This is — this is — this IS — pure evil.

March 16, 2012 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

If I can’t have my toys, nobody can (or, it’s not the religion, it’s the MEN)

Yet another case of a man who is affronted that his property — pardon me, his wife — wants a divorce and will no longer be in what he perceives as his control.

So naturally, he kills her.

Same scenario played out countless times in North America, by men who are such whiny babies that if someone they perceive as “theirs” doesn’t want to be with them any more, they are unable to be grownup and accept the valid choice of their equal, adult partner, but must throw a violent tantrum. The equivalent of stomping all over their toys to make sure that if the toys are being taken away from them, nobody else can own them or enjoy them — ever.

Men who grew to be five years old, and stayed there. Stupid, stupid little immature, whiny babies.

There’s one difference in this story, though: the man and woman had started Bridges TV, a television station “with the message of developing understanding between North America and the Middle East and South Asia.”

That means that all Muslims, even moderate ones, are going to get tarred with the same brush as this guy. So he’s destroyed a whole roomful of everyone else’s toys, not just his own. He must feel real powerful now, that hollow little shell of a man.

Nancy Sanders, a former employee of Bridges TV, says in the article that she doesn’t believe this was an “honour killing,” but that it was just the conclusion of a streak of domestic violence that had been going on in the family for a while.

She may be right, in theory. But the fact is that these men always find an excuse in their beliefs. It is not a coincidence that this man beheaded his wife. There’s your “honour killing” tradition just staring you in the face. It was there, perfectly at hand for this man, when he wanted it.

Fundamentalist belief systems give these men exactly what they’re looking for when they want to wreck their toys. It doesn’t even matter how “moderate” they are. That goes for all fundamentalisms — Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu — they all have the weapons just waiting for their men to use against the women they regard as their property. Same song, always, in perpetuity — just a different tune occasionally.

And frankly, it’s when your philosophy meets a real test that you discover whether or not you truly believe it. This guy’s “moderation” only lasted while it was convenient and he didn’t have to work to live up to it. First big test his philosophy meets? BLAM.

Small, whiny little immature bug of a tantrum-throwing baby. So much for your principles, pig.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment