On Friday night, while the entire universe (or at least a good chunk of the US) was out trick-or-treating, a 22-year-old ex con with a history of drug convictions used an AK-47 to shoot and kill a twelve-year-old boy who came knocking with his family.
The “rationale” offered by Quentin Patrick was that he’d been robbed before and didn’t want it to happen again.
It was Friday, October 31. Halloween. At 8:30 PM — prime trick-or-treat time.
Some people shouldn’t be allowed to own firearms. Some people shouldn’t be allowed in the presence of civilized society. And some people should be doused in kerosene and set alight.
Last week it was widely reported that a 23-year-old woman in Somalia was stoned to death by
cowards followers of Islam. They killed her, purportedly, for adultery — but her claim was that she’d been raped. (Of course in a nation ruled over by extreme fundamentalism, victims’ claims — particularly if they come from women — are generally ignored.)
It turns out the victim was not a 23-year-old woman, which is bad enough — she was a thirteen-year-old girl.
Hooray for authoritarian Abrahamic religions — they keep our daughters chaste! Barring that, they kill them!
Lastly, Pakistani police have broken up a wedding.
The nuptials were actually arranged, intended to end a feud between two families. That’s bad enough, really — though of course Shakespeare1 wrote an entire drama around a similar idea — there are certainly many marriage “defenders” in the US (such as those supporting the execrable Proposition 102 in Arizona) who would suggest such a marriage is not ideal; there might be some who support the notion as well.
So why did Pakistani authorities intervene?
Let’s remember: Marriage is a sacred institution that’s worth preserving. Right?
1. Or whomever.
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