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World  (tags: freedoms, humanrights, children, girls, marriage, ethics, violence )

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Egypt is currently debating legislation to change the minimum age for marriage for girls from eighteen to as young as nine years old. This would open up young girls to sexual and physical abuse and erode women's rights in post-revolution Egypt.

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Sue H (7)
Friday June 8, 2012, 7:57 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Michela M (3964)
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:34 am

Michela M (3964)
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:35 am

Regina P (67)
Friday June 8, 2012, 10:24 am
Signed. Thanks

Raiin Blue (72)
Friday June 8, 2012, 1:13 pm
signed O_O my god...

. (1)
Friday June 8, 2012, 1:14 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Nancy.

. (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 1:20 pm
s&n..thanks Nancy and happy weekend to all..:)

. (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 2:24 pm
So, this the new Egyptian democracy...what this is, is extremists like the Brotherhood trying to gain a foothold into the social and moral laws of the country.

. (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 3:09 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 3:57 pm
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
we are change
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Ioannes J (1)
Friday June 8, 2012, 4:50 pm
Egyptian lawmaker Out of Mind. Their brain is clog with dust of sands. Looks like want to fully control girls mind at young age (Brainwash).

Gilrs under 18 year old don't have a fully developed brain. Under 12 girls do not have fully developed body. Between 8-13 is children beginning developing stage. Teen and children girls have higher risk of death if pregnant.

High risk of long term psychological problems after statutory rape and abuse as well as family abandonment.

Jene B (8)
Friday June 8, 2012, 5:03 pm
Terrible. Signed and noted.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday June 8, 2012, 5:04 pm

Catt R (10)
Friday June 8, 2012, 5:31 pm
During the time of Mohammad it was very common (almost tradition)for a newborn female to be taken to the desert and buried alive in the sand. Females were looked upon as a burden to the family. In the days of Quran marriage as young as 8 or 9 was allowed (by ISLAM)---- BUT it had conditions... the marriage only indicated the husband took over all FINANCIAL responsibility, the marriage could not be consummated until the brides guardian agreed they had come 'of age'...... usually a number of years. The marriage could not take place at all unless the girl consented to be married to the man.---------

Carol H (229)
Friday June 8, 2012, 6:09 pm
signed and noted

Victoria L (13)
Friday June 8, 2012, 7:24 pm
Noted and signed.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday June 8, 2012, 8:03 pm
I signed, but honestly, don't know what good it will do. Egypt isn't even listening to many of it's own people who struggled so hard for a better life. And now this???

Myraida Diaz (136)
Friday June 8, 2012, 8:53 pm
What I don't understand is why the world that does not believe in those atrocities keep doing business with such countries. Well, with some more than with others...... yeah, Any hope?
Done, Noted, Thank You!

Susanne R (235)
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:32 pm
A 9-year old wife? Are the men who seek to marry children husbands or pedophiles? Gladly signed and noted.

Antonia Windham (6)
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:49 pm
Children haven't the mental capacity to consent to marriage. And pedophiles haven't a shred of decency. And the Egyptian government's unlikely to give a damn what American citizens think. This Arab Spring's turning into one step forward and two back.

neysa ortiz (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 10:18 pm
Wow! this is unbelievable. This must be stopped.

Friday June 8, 2012, 10:48 pm
How ridiculous. So Signed. Thanks Nancy

Uta Glynn (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 11:19 pm

Veronique L (209)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:21 am

Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:51 am
Signed and noted. This must not be allowed to happen. At nine years old girls are still little children and all their young childhood would be stipped away. It must be really frightenng and so horrible for young girls to have to marry in this way.. Even if they do so without anyone forcing them to do this, it is so dangerous for them to risk becoming pregnant at such a young age. This is another one of those old fashioned ideas that hould have beens stamped out long ago. This is one of those horrible traditions that sometimes happen in a male-dominated society.

Stan B (123)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:51 am
This is what you can expect if the Muslim Brotherhood is elected in Egypt. What's wrong with these people?
Girls of 9 are still young children.
Sadly this is what many of us predicted from the " Arab Spring." More abuse of women and children.
Disgusting doesn't get close.!!!

Ira Herson (13)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:07 am
I agree with the people in this list that Egypt is not likely to care what anyone else thinks. Does it not seem archaic that arraigned marriage by on its own deprives women of their rights.

But to further compound the loss of respect for women by compelling the girl to be married at an age that is pre-puberty is abuse.

And of course the terrible aspect of statutory rape, condoned by the state,community, religion and parents, slams the door for any development of self. What are these people thinking? And just to put the icing on the cake lets add Female genital mutilation.

So the devout Muslim girl has so much to look forward to. FGM, forced marriage, statutory rape, beatings and no career, no say as to how many children she must have. Wow it just gets better and better.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:40 am
The bill the article is talking about has been withdrawn from the Parliament because it faced growing opposition inside and outside the Parliament.It is unacceptable.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 6:11 am
Hello Catt R.
You wrote " During the time of Mohammad it was very common (almost tradition)for a newborn female to be taken to the desert and buried alive in the sand."
I am afraid you are wrong and the source you got this information from is a misleading source.This could happen before Islam.Islam banned this behavior and and considered it a sin.Please don't relay on the hatemongers or Islamophobes,try to read books written by intellectuals who converted to Islam.
Salam (Peace)

Carmen S (611)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:50 am
Thanks Nancy, hopefully this will be stopped

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 10:09 am
Noted, tweeted, signed, tweeted, shared, and commented. Obviously there is something in the water that a good many men are drinking. We have the Republicans zealots here in the US trying to control women and go back to the 1950's, and then, there's are those in Egypt who are willing to steal a little girl's childhood and give her a life of slavery for the rest of her days. Men seem to be afraid of women. A real man realizes he has nothing to fear; this confidence is what's makes him a man, not his urge to control and take away a woman's power.

. (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 10:47 am
On a different tack have you ever noticed how much alike Multi Corporations and religions are? They are both comprised of people. They both want to indoctrinate you. They both want to use you to further their prestige; power and overall riches for the upper ten percentile. In the end they both will cast you away when you are no longer of service to them. All children belong in schools so that all children can contribute to society. It is a sad commentary wherein 2/3s of the global population still treats women like property; whose only benefit is for the males pleasure and prosperity; oh yes and to give him sons who will continue on their barbaric traditions in the name of this god or that god. What they're truly afraid of is that through education women will achieve equality with the men; bringing about radical change to their privileged place int their society. Keep overpopulating you myopic sophomores. This is one of the reasons I support programs that educate the women. Educated women start businesses; grow grass root economies; decrease surplus populations by not having unwanted pregnancies. Women are mothers; and teachers; and innovators who bring about necessary changes. Chaqs temps; cherchez la femme and vive la difference.

Jason Green (235)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 12:45 pm
Your signature has been recorded.

Catt R (10)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:27 pm
Abdessalam, my apologies, you are very correct, the statement that killing the female babies was wrong and that it should not continue was one of the things that caused the followers of Mohammad to be driven from their homes. I was not careful enough to assure how I wrote it could not be taken wrong...... a big part of the reason the marriage of the young girls took place was that it protected them from death at birth and from being forced into prostitution in order to eat and live. the 'marriage' of the young girls was not a sexual event, rather a man taking on the financial responsibility for a girl years before he would have a hope of anything beyond respect in return ------- a 'marriage' to a young girl is nothing more than an agreement to support her financial needs now and a choice for both to either enter into a marital relationship or divorce at a time when she comes 'of age'. ........ females ARE greatly respected, probably more than in western culture.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:19 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:22 am
Thank you cat.A green star on its way to you.

Rock H (254)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:53 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Nancy!

Antonia Windham (6)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 8:16 am
Glad to learn the bill's been withdrawn. Probably it'll be tried again (politicos don't like giving up on their pet ideas as we've in the U.S. seen so often lately with anti-abortion bills).

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 11:03 am
Signed. Thanks.

Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:04 pm
Catt, I would not say that females are particularly respected under the strict Islamic law: they are not allowed to drive or to go outside without a male chaperon, their school attendance comes with the risk of injuries, they can be pretty much be sold out by their father, etc.

Said that, Islam did stop practice of killing girls at birth as Abdessalam noted, that's one of the positive contributions of Islam to the world civilization.

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:16 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Nancy.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday June 11, 2012, 5:59 am
What you are saying about women and driving is absolutely misleading and motivated by your hatred to Islam and Muslims as we have seen on several posts.Women in Islamic countries are allowed to drive alone.Only in Saudi Arabia woman is deprived from getting a driving permit and women there are working on this. Generalizing makes you look either ignorant or hatemonger.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday June 11, 2012, 6:52 am
Abdessalam, your apologizing for everything done in the name of Islam is motivated only by you refusing to admit the truth about Islamic law, and not to insult the ways of mythical Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are the two countries where Sharia laws are implemented to its fullest, according to the major Muslim sects - Sunni and Shia. Other Islamic countries had stronger secular influence over the years, people there have more freedoms, but Islamists are constantly trying to take these freedoms away, including in your own Egypt. When making a decision about a life in a TRUE Islamic country, one needs to look at the countries where clerics have full control for a long time.

As a Sunni religious Muslim, one cannot "work" against Sunni highest Saudi authorities to allow women to drive alone. When both of us know this, why do you deny?

Despite your allegations, I do not hate Islam as a religion and especially Muslims - you never seen it on my posts, don't invent it and don't try to insult me as many Islamists do to their opponents to silence them.

In fact, your lumping together moderate Muslims suffering at the hands of Islamics with Jihadists and fanatics imposing these very laws on those who hate them shows your disrespect to all moderate Muslims.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday June 11, 2012, 7:37 am
" The true servants of the Most Merciful are those who behave gently and with humility on earth, and whenever the foolish quarrel with them, they reply with [words of] peace."
(al-Furqan 25: 63)
My reply to you is " PEACE....PEACE "

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday June 11, 2012, 10:03 am
Abdessalam, my reply to you personally is also "PEACE....PEACE ". I am not a man of war.

This quote from al-Furqan gets somehow lost on those who, in the name of Islam, threw acid at girls for the sin of attending schools in Afganistan. Those guys in Afganistan get all sorts of help from Saudis. Why would Saudis, the highest keepers of Islam, would want to help those who so blatantly violates that Al-Furqan statement that you brought up?

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday June 11, 2012, 12:13 pm
" The true servants of the Most Merciful are those who behave gently and with humility on earth, and whenever the foolish quarrel with them, they reply with [words of] peace."
(al-Furqan 25: 63)
My reply to you is " PEACE....PEACE "

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 12:28 am
Happy to sign--but I don't think they care what we think of them!
To me, this is sick, and just another instance of child molestation.

Lisa N (206)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:53 pm
Signed, thanks!

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:26 pm
I'm sure this was the direction of change the Egyptian people hoped for.....

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:48 am
Apparently you didn't read the comments. I commented on Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:40 am saying "The bill the article is talking about has been withdrawn from the Parliament because it faced growing opposition inside and outside the Parliament.It is unacceptable". When you come after one week of this comment and say "I'm sure this was the direction of change the Egyptian people hoped for..... "
then I think you owe the Egyptian people an apology First because of the generalization and second because you ignored the fact I have mentioned seven days before your comment.Are you brave enough to apologize ?

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 1:31 am
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