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By Jennifer Hartline

6/17/2014 (1 year ago)

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In a world of violent bullies, eventually everyone becomes a target.

Why isn't the whole world down to its last straw? Why do civilized societies tolerate a culture that flogs women, kills them for the sake of "honor" and executes them for not obeying that culture's oppressive religion?

A few courageous souls have spoken up to defend Meriam and condemn what is happening to her, but to what avail?

A few courageous souls have spoken up to defend Meriam and condemn what is happening to her, but to what avail?


By Jennifer Hartline

Catholic Online (

6/17/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Meriam Ibrahim, Islam, flogging, Christians in the Middle East, abortion, birth control, Jennifer Hartline

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Today was one of those last-straw days.

One of those days when I just despair of ever getting out from under the pile of spineless weasels who make up the ruling classes; or ever seeing certain nations in the world free of tyrants and thugs. There is nothing new under the sun, so it goes, and I know human history has always been littered with tyrants, thugs,and weasels, and the innocent have always suffered their oppression and greed.

Still, I yearn desperately for the kind of plain-spoken bluntness that many people would say is not diplomatic. Good thing I'm not a diplomat and never will be.

We just don't have time anymore to dicker around with pleasantries and words that obscure the truth rather than speak it.

I am ashamed that women in my country consider it a war against them personally to have anyone say that free birth control is not a right they should be granted. It's embarrassing that supposedly intelligent and educated females in America whine on national television about the cost of contraception and cry about the hardship it inflicts upon them to have to obtain it with their own money.

This may be the lowest point in human history, in that modern women consider abortion a sacred "right" which can never be infringed or regulated or limited in any way by anyone for any reason. A child has no safe refuge anymore; no sure advocate, not even in their mothers. Abortion has made women the ultimate despot. They demand to kill with impunity.

It is horrifyingly evil that America is a nation that kills babies willfully, knowingly, deliberately, and with celebration. We don't terminate pregnancies. We don't make reproductive choices. We kill babies in the womb. We kill the most vulnerable child. For profit. For "freedom."

Now, to add even more stupefying illogic to injury, it seems we must address the tragedy of infant mortality by increasing access to abortion. The way to make sure they don't die after birth is to kill them before birth. Got that?

We also kill the sick and elderly now. Judges rule from on-high that it must be done. We starve and dehydrate them to death. A slow and painful death. Because that's "merciful."

Against this shining backdrop of American values and morality, we and the rest of the free world sit twiddling our thumbs while barbarians in the Middle East are preparing to flog a woman for the crime of rejecting Islam. She may or may not survive her flogging. If she does, then once her newborn child is old enough to wean from nursing, they will execute Meriam Ibrahim for defying their tyrannical dictates and refusing to convert to Islam.

Our nation sits in virtual silence from the White House down. A few courageous souls have spoken up to defend Meriam and condemn what is happening to her, but to what avail? The people who have the political power to perhaps make a difference and rescue her from this gruesome and inhumane sentence seem to disappear amidst chirping crickets.

Around the world, much the same.

But is that fair, you ask? Perhaps the powerful people are working behind the scenes to free Meriam and we just don't know it.  They'd better be! And they'd better hurry up.

It's still not enough. Where are the leaders who will publicly say something like this:

"If you flog this woman, you are animals. You are barbaric, sadistic animals. You're not keeping to a pure religion. You're not obeying God. You're not answering the dishonor of Islam. You're just barbaric, sadistic animals. And if this is what your Islam preaches and requires, then it is a sadistic and barbaric religion that we condemn. You can keep your violent and bloodthirsty god. We want nothing to do with it because we actually love freedom, and we actually value human life. Including the lives of women and children."

Wouldn't that be refreshingly honest?

But as I've already pointed out, the reason the United States can't make such a courageous statement is because we don't actually value all human life. Some human life is quite disposable to us. We love freedom, alright, but not real freedom. We love the unrestrained license to do as we please.

So the clock ticks closer to Meriam being brutally flogged by men who are barbaric, sadistic animals. And American women whine and cry about the "war on women" here at home because they want their damned Pills and IUD's for free. And they want abortions as "back-up" birth control when all those Pills and devices fail to prevent pregnancy. That way, when they don't get what they originally wanted, they can still get what they want by killing someone who is utterly defenseless.

Just like Meriam.

Why isn't the whole world down to its last straw? Why do civilized societies tolerate a culture that flogs women, kills them for the sake of "honor" and executes them for not obeying that culture's oppressive religion?

Why do civilized societies kill their own babies? How can they stand by as their sons and daughters are torn from the womb in pieces? How can they sleep at night knowing their own nation is so morally bankrupt and barbaric? How can they face themselves knowing that they kill the elderly and sick under the premise of mercy and last wishes?

In a world of violent bullies, eventually everyone becomes a target.

That's what happens while crickets chirp.


Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of four. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah!


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