Reyaneh Jabbari still under threat of execution for defending herself from a would be rapist…

In support of 5 October: Day to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari from Execution in Iran | Maryam Namazie

http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2014/10/05/in-support-of-5-october-day-to-save-reyhaneh-jabbari-from-execution-in-iran/

I meant to share this the other day, but fell asleep right in the middle of doing so.  Shame on me!  (My pitiful defence is that I was still quite ill with a virus I’d picked up a few weeks prior.)

In any case, I strongly encourage anyone who sees this post to read it, share it and sign the petition!

It’s the story of a young woman held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison after being convicted by a Sharia “court” for the murder of her would be rapist.  It was a simple case if self defence, yet she was summarily tried and convicted without anything resembling what anyone (who is sane) would consider a fair or unbiased process.

I just Googled for the latest on this and found this article.  She is still alive, but it’s not looking good…

Ms. Jabbari has been under a death sentence for years now and has gone though horrific trauma.  Please, I don’t know if the petition linked to in the attached re-blog of Maryam Namazie, will help or not.  But surely the more Jabbari’s story is shared around the world, and the more people who sign the petition declaring how unacceptable these kind of kangaroo convictions are to the rest of the world, it will put much needed pressure on Iran to save her, reverse the conviction, and join the 21st century…

The War on Women, Racism & Hate Speech

I am re-blogging this FreeThoughtBlog (FtB) by PZ Meyers to help get the word.  As well as reading the FtB by PZ – linked to below – also click on the article PZ links to his first paragraph.  It takes you to one highlights some of the truly vile sub-reddits promoting Corrective Rape, Racism, Wife Beating and Other Revolting sub-Forums that Reddit allows to take place on their virtual space.

Scroll to the bottom of that second article and you will see a link to report Reddit to the FBI if you wish.  And I encourage you do just that, regardless of what country you live in.  This is not free speech.  It’s undiguised hate speech that encourages criminal behaviour, and by allowing them to to use resources and space, it makes Reddit complicit in my opinion.

PZ Meyers blog title and link:

Reddit: it’s like a delicious bowl of ice cream, with only a few flecks of shit & poison in it…

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/10/02/reddit-its-like-a-delicious-bowl-of-ice-cream-with-only-a-few-flecks-of-shit-poison-in-it/comment-page-1/#comment-860783

To the atheist tone police: stop telling me how to discuss my abuse

http://freethoughtblogs.com/godlessness/2014/08/17/to-the-atheist-tone-police-stop-telling-me-how-to-discuss-my-abuse/#comment-2525

An excellent piece by someone who has greatly suffered at the hands of those loving religious folks.  If you want to see my reaction to it, scroll down to the comments (after reading, of course! ☺) and look for my reply.  (Hint, same username… Wordsgood. 😄)

Islamic penises get erected seeing mannequins » No Country for Women

http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2014/07/25/islamic-penises-get-erected-seeing-mannequins/

You know, I want to laugh when I see such absurdity, but the sad truth is that this insane, idiotic, backwards and completely juvenile mindset rules the lives of so many women in so much of the world.

It fits right in with the ISIS Fatwa insisting all women in the ISIS controlled city of Mosul in Iraq, ages 14 to 46 submit to Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), also called Female Circumcision. to make it sound more “civilized.”

What, pray tell, is civilised, holy or “clean” as I’ve seen it justified a few times on other articles, about chopping off part or all of a girl’s or women’s labia.  Then sewing her together, leaving only a tiny hole to urinate, leading to painful sexual dysfunction, fistulas after giving birth, and other horrible, sometimes fatal, health problems.

While the barbaric practice of FMG did not start with the Islamic religion, extremist Muslims have certainly adopted such practices into their beliefs and worldviews.  As they have expanded their control over the minds and lives of countless other Muslims, this hideous “procedure” is no longer confined to tiny, isolated areas of the world and has made it’s way into Western societies, coming along with immigrant families who are taught this is the right and proper way to raise their daughters.

See, in my personal opinion, all these efforts to keep men from being “tempted” – apparently over something they can’t reasonably be expected to control…their dicks – has nothing to do with protecting the body and honour of girls and women.  It has everything to do with controlling them.  It is the mark of men who, because they are in general, physically stronger than women, and are raised in deeply entrenched patriarchal societies, use religion as just one more weapon in their aresenal to live the perpetual dream of heterosexual pubescent boys everywhere…use anything and everything to satisfy their hormonal urges and feelings of power.

Keep in mind that I feel this way about all of the major, monotheistic religions.  It’s just that right now, at this time in history, radical Islam is the one causing the most waves worldwide.

Sorry about being MIA

Dear blog friends,

My apologies for being MIA lately.  I will return and post more that a pic about a kitten plotting world domination or the occassional reblogged article.

I’ve just been having a bit of a rough run lately between the loss of my ancient kitty a few weeks ago, the heat and my MS acting up.

Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer, or winter as the case may be! :)

HarsH ReaLiTy Kickstarter

Wordsgood:

Edited July 12…Reason, to fix typos from hell. The original was supposed to be a draft. Tip for the day, do *not* try posting when half asleep…😆

Hello my friends,

This is something I’ve never done before – reblogged or in anyway advertised a Kickstarter campaign (or anything else that I recall)- so I hope that indicates for you just how badly I want this to succeed.

Opinionated Man (OM) of the personal blog, *HarsH ReaLiTy, is a devoted husband and a father. He has reached a crossroads in life…he must either have a successful Kickstarter with a modest goal of $10,000 (minimum) so he can write full-time, or be forced to cut his blogging activities down by 90%. I fear if he does, he will cease blogging altogether. And that I believe would be a tragic loss for all of us.

ON is, as the username suggests, a very opinionated fellow, who does a lot of what I call “Life Commentary” on a variety of subjects. He does so with great humour, sharp wit, keen insight and much kindness.

If you’ve never had the good fortune to come across his work, then I strongly advise you pop over soon and have yourself an in-depth look around his material.

If it’s you’re first visit to HaRsH ReaLiTy, I’d reccomend you start with his longer, meatier articles. They will, I believe, better demonstrate his writing chops! Though to be clear, his poetry and short posts are nothing to be sneezed at.

Jason (OM’s offline name 😊), my sincere apologies for letting this one escape before fully polished.

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484473518/harsh-reality

I know what I have said about kickstarters and asking people to help you with your dream. I also know there is a guy currently running a “kickstarter” to make potato salad and people have donated 50,000 dollars to him so far. I don’t expect 50,000 dollars from anyone, but I have accepted the fact that you can never know what is possible if you never ask. I chose that dollar amount because it is honestly close to what I make now at my day job.

I have written this website for close to 17 months now and I have had a great time building it. Unfortunately life happens and changes come with that. Two things for me have changed recently. My oldest daughter turns 5 years old next week and my youngest turns 4 the next month. I also have encountered some “changes” in my own work and…

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