Archive for the ‘crimes’ Category

Katha Pollit’st article on the Chicago Tribune
Brandan Kiley’s article on The Stranger

The two links above talk about pedophilia and priesthood. I don’t think the issue is gonna stop anytime soon. The more noise it generates, the more people or victims come out to talk about their horrible experience. And of course, the “victim” in all of these, the Catholic Church is being bullied. They are once again being vilified for something that also happens in other places or institutions. Well, yeah. But they get punished and brought to justice, not hidden and put in other places only to be encouraged to molest more.

Isn’t it arrogant of a person or an institution if they think everyone else is just out to get them? Like, yeah, they did something wrong, but it’s between them and their god? So what about the real victims? What about the real atrocities, the real sufferings of the real individuals who were put through hell just because of a doctrine those bastards can’t keep?

How many times does the Church need to be told that the cover-up is worse than the crime itself? Doing nothing and protecting the perpetrators instead of the flock is insulting and disheartening.

When one priest or bishop called the rape, pedophilia and the cover-up petty gossip, it kinda makes you think how long this has been going on for them to be so immune to this kind of “gossip”.

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Evil in Us

Posted: April 7, 2010 in crimes

I saw this link in Pharyngula, a science blog that is always included in my daily readings. A co-teacher who sat next to me noticed it so I played the video (without sound – I was at work)…

I don’t know how it feels like to be a soldier in a war but this is just wrong! They said AK-47’s and RPG’s which I don’t see. I saw cameras and tiny faces in the van. There were children! OMFG!

WTF again???

Posted: March 26, 2010 in crimes, religion

WTF? What the hell is wrong with these people? When’s the cover-up gonna stop? When are they gonna accept that celibacy is evolutionary and naturally wrong? They tell the priests that they should not be having sex with a woman but it is ok when those goddammed priests molest children? Woman -bad, kids -not so much??? That is just fucked up.

I thought I’ve heard it all

Posted: June 25, 2008 in crimes, religion

Saudi Marriage Officiant : ‘It Is Allowed To Marry A Girl At The Age Of One’: by Live Leak

This is just sick!! I’m amazed (not in a good way) at how much crap people can believe in.

Here’s the transcript:

Aired on LBC TV (Lebanon) – June 19, 2008 – 00:03:08 :
Dr. Ahmad Al-Mub’i, a Saudi Marriage Officiant: It Is Allowed to Marry a Girl at the Age of One, If Sex Is postponed. The Prophet Muhammad, Whose Model We Follow, Married ‘Aisha When She Was Six and Had Sex with Her When She Was Nine :
Following are excerpts from an interview with Dr. Ahmad Al-Mu’bi, a Saudi marriage officiant, which aired on LBC TV on June 19, 2008:

Dr. Ahmad Al-Mu’bi: Marriage is actually two things: First we are talking about the marriage contract itself. This is one thing, while consummating the marriage – having sex with the wife for the first time – is another thing. There is no minimal age for entering marriage. You can have a marriage contract even with a one-year-old girl, not to mention a girl of nine, seven, or eight. This is merely a contract [indicating] consent. The guardian in such a case must be the father, because the father’s opinion is obligatory. Thus, the girl becomes a wife… But is the girl ready for sex or not? What is the appropriate age for having sex for the first time? This varies according to environment and traditions. In Yemen, girls are married off at nine, ten, eleven, eight, or thirteen, while in other countries, they are married off at 16. Some countries have legislated laws forbidding having sex before the girl is eighteen.

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The Prophet Muhammad is the model we follow. He took ‘Aisha to be his wife when she was six, but he had sex with her only when she was nine.

Interviewer: When she was six…

Dr. Ahmad Al-Mu’bi: He married her at the age of six, and he consummated the marriage, by having sex with her for the first time, when she was nine. We consider the Prophet Muhammad to be our model.

Interviewer: My question to you is whether the marriage of a 12-year-old boy with an 11-year-old girl is a logical marriage, which is permitted by Islamic law.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Mu’bi: If the guardian is the father… There are two different types of guardianship. If the guardian is the father, and he marries his daughter off to a man of appropriate standing, the marriage is obviously valid.

[…]

People find themselves in all kinds of circumstances. Take, for example, a man who has two, three, or four daughters. He does not have any wives, but he needs to go on a trip. Isn’t it better to marry his daughter to a man, who will protect and sustain her, and when she reaches the proper age, he will have sex with her? Who says all men are ferocious wolves?

No safe place

Posted: March 15, 2008 in crimes

Just when I finished posting something about the rarity of heinous crimes here in Korea, I found this, and this.
I thought I live in a safe place. It maybe my naivete but my thought process on these things comes from what I’ve experienced so far. I have lived here for almost 9 years now and I am just now realizing the extent of evil here.

I’ve always complained about the unfair treatment of women, not just here but around the world. I knew some women who came here the same way as the Vietnamese girl in the news. They (more than one girl) met them in a hotel as arranged by the matchmaker. The man picks his type based on his preference. Like picking an apple on a fruit stand. Girls line up, man OKs, it’s all set after that. Most women I’ve met just wanted to leave the Philippines hoping they’ll find something better here. They thought since the men pay the agency to be with them, they must be special. Korean men’s thought process is different ( as reported by a women’s group here in Seoul), they’re paying for a commodity so they can do whatever they want. It’s just a pity when something like this ends with death.

There are lots of missing children here. You see photos of them everywhere. It was always thought that when a child goes missing here, especially if they’re too young, they’re placed at adoption homes. These homes don’t report the name or where they found the child in order to receive more funds from the government. Next thing you know they’re adopted by couples abroad. Google adoption and Korea and you’ll find 336,000 articles about it.
Anyways, back to the missing child. Her death is a tragedy and the way she died was just barbaric. A kidnapper/murderer out on the street is just frightening.
I have kids and seeing this news makes me worry about my children more every time I send them alone to school.

Half Justice

Posted: March 14, 2008 in crimes

Twelve years for murder? The guy should be jailed for life. He treated the woman as his commodity just because he paid money to the matchmaking company. This occurrence happens alot, just under-reported mainly because they happen in rural areas and in most cases, because of the language barrier.
There was once a Filipina in my area who jumped from an apartment building and died. The report said it was suicide. Her body showed signs of physical abuse. Apparently she suffered from domestic violence for a long period of time. The police couldnt do anything about it because it was a “family matter”.

Murder Suicide

Posted: March 14, 2008 in crimes

The recent murder/suicide involving a once famous baseball player here is on every news channel. Heinous crimes are rare here in Korea. I’ve read some recently like the one involving the disappearance of women; considered heinous because the killer/suspect has not been apprehended yet despite years of police work.
Anyways, back to the first topic.. there’s a lot of speculations on why the crime took place. Most news channels are investigating the financial side of it. What’s interesting to me is the reaction of the Korean people as a whole.
A comparison would be helpful to understand what I’m saying here:
I watch TV Patrol on the web everyday. And I am amazed at the contents. People killing people for no apparent reason, deaths caused by accidents and the never-ending idiocy in the Philippine government. Korean news consists mostly of government issues mostly bribery scandals. Then there’s weather, traffic/accident, more economic issues, education; like what programs would be more beneficial etc. I’ve often asked why there are no crimes (even petty ones) reported. The answer given was that even if there were crimes committed, most never make it to the evening news. It’s like crimes are just petty and thus filtered or just that people are more interested in the nations economy.
So when a once famous baseball player killed 4 women (mother and 3 daughters) and then commit suicide later when the police identified him as the suspect, the news/documentary channels are on their third day trying to analyze what went wrong. Most reactions I saw/heard were more of shock than disgust. One reaction that I heard more than once was “he killed for money?” implying that 170 million won (roughly 150 thousand dollars) isn’t a reason for murder.
Pinoys see murder/death on the news and they shrug it off. Happens everyday, that is. We’re still disgusted by most of it but unlike Koreans (shock and disgust) our reactions are that of someone who are predisposed to seeing it on the news everyday.