Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So, let me get this straight,

Two years ago, the government proposed plans to make it a criminal offense to force someone to marry.

Then the Islams shouted and howled, so the government backed down.


Have I got it right? The government saw that thousands of girls, some of them not out of primary school, were being sold by their families into marriage to grown men in foreign countries.

They thought, "Hey, this is bad. This is a violation of our moral principles about human freedom and the protection that families should give to their children. We should make this a crime." Then, the people committing this act screamed and howled about how they wanted to continue to commit it, so the government changed its mind and did nothing.

Ministers angered campaigners two years ago by dropping plans to make it a criminal offence to force someone to marry, after Muslim groups objected strongly to the plans.

A charity operating a national helpline on forced marriage, Karma Nirvana, yesterday highlighted one incident where a nine-year-old girl from a Pakistani family in the east Midlands was taken into care after her parents told her she was to be married.

Director Jasvinder Sanghera said that on average one child a week aged under 16 had sought assistance since the helpline launched in April.

'The youngest child we have dealt with was nine years old,' she said. 'The girl told her teacher she was going to be forced to marry someone and initially she was not believed.

I think I would like, at this juncture, as a person of Irish descent, to claim the right to slaughter the descendants of the Protestants, (and take all their stuff as compensation) who invaded my country, razed my churches, murdered my priests and starved to death millions of my countrymen and relations. Obviously fightyness is a legitimate Irish cultural expression and it is wrong of the government to suppress this traditional aspect of who I am as a person.

'But we have no idea how many children under 16 are at risk, and this is compounded by a reluctance of schools to engage with the issue. Many schools shy away due to supposed cultural sensitivities.'

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