All is not kosher about the saint who towers like a colossus over early Christianity. Who or what was the real man from Tarsus?
All is not kosher about the saint who towers like a colossus over early Christianity. Who or what was the real man from Tarsus?
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Used positive pregnancy tests can be found for sale all over the Internet.
And as CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, those involved said people are snapping them up – with less-than-ethical motivations.
One mother from Dallas did not want her identity revealed, but she does want people to buy her positive pregnancy tests. She talked about one woman who took her up on the offer.
“She wanted to trick him into thinking she was pregnant, so he would drop everything so I gave her two tests,” the woman said.
Buying and selling others’ pregnancy tests is the latest trend on the Internet. Those involved in the trade said the buyers’ motive is often to trap a man – and that is not all.
“Ninety-five percent of the girls just want to lie to get a man,” the seller said.
And the sellers know that.
One Craigslist ad posted last year by a Central New Jersey woman read: “I am pregnant and will sell you a positive pregnancy test. These will be taken right before you’re ready to pick them up. Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad or one of your friends? I really don’t care what you use it for.”
Another ad from Buffalo promised no judgment at all. It read in part: “Ever since I became pregnant, I have been asked numerous times for a positive test, so I decided to start charging for it! I will test the same day you want to pick it up! I don’t care what you use it for, not my business!”
“You can tell the girls who are up to no good,” the seller said.
Ethics and morality aside, relationship expert Dr. Jane Greer said having to use a phony test to get your partner to commit is clearly a bad sign for the future.
“If you’re buying one of these, it really is a statement that you’re not on solid ground with the person you are in a relationship,” Greer said.
The Dallas pregnancy test seller said there are other motivations for buying the tests besides snaring a partner.
“One girl said she just wanted to play a trick on her mom,” she said.
And still others may have more sinister plans. Authorities warned people to be careful how they use the purchased positive tests.
“For example, if a married man is having an affair and he tried to break it off with the girl, and she became upset and decided to present this fake pregnancy test and demand money, otherwise she would tell the spouse. That would be a level of blackmail,” Overland Park, Kansas, police Officer Gary Mason told CBS affiliate KCTV-TV, Kansas City.
Whatever the reason for buying it, many said they find the idea inconceivable.
“That’s playing with people’s emotions,” one man said. “You don’t mess with stuff like that.”
“I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving side of that,” another said.
“It’s just like any other con – cons are no good,” a woman said.
But mothers-to-be who sell the tests for as much as $30 each said it is just the latest commodity online.
“It’s a neat, marketable skill – it’s kind of unique. You’re only going do it so many times in your life,” the Dallas woman said.
Some expectant mothers are going so far as to sell their urine online, as well.
Nigeria has been the worst victim of Islamic terrorism for many years now with its Christian population suffering horrible death and devastations at the hands of Boko Haram Islamic Jihadis, the Nigerian version of Al-Qaeda. Thousands of innocent Christians – from school students to Church attendees to common villagers – have been killed or burned alive by the Boko Haram Jihadis in the past few years. A staggering 1,500 people were killed in the first 3 months of 2014 in Boko Haram violence. Sufferings of the totally innocent Christians at hands Boko Haram Jihadis have been such that the Christians of Nigeria—as I think—have only one way out of it, which is: Partition of the country like the 1947 India-Pakistan, but with a complete separation of the Muslim and Christian populations.
As of latest, a new dimension has been added to the sufferings of Nigerian Christians at hands of Boko Haram Jihadis. On 14 April 2014, Boko Haram militants attacked a secondary school and abducted 276 young girls. Inanother incident, 8 girls were abducted from a village on May 6, while 12 persons were hacked to death in a separate incident on May 5.
The latest in this abduction saga is the release of an hour-long video by Boko Haram commander Abubakar Shekau, in which he claims responsibility for the abductions and threatens to continue the same. About the abducted girls, he said:
“I abducted your girls… They are slaves and I will sell them because I have the market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell them. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I will sell.”
He also said that he abducted the girls because they dared to accept sinful western education defying the dictates of Islam and the Sharia.
He added: “the abducted Christian girls have been converted to Islam” and that “they will remain as slave with us.”
Boko Haram’s attack on girls’ school that cater secular western education may not surprise many of us, as we are familiar with numerous similar attacks on girls’ school in Afghanistan and Taliban-dominated areas of Pakistan, where the Taliban militants deem education for girls as un-Islamic. However, what most people will find incredible about the Boko Haram attacks is abducting those school girls to make them “slave” and their intention of selling them in the market, which already appears growing to be common in the Boko Haram strongholds in Nigeria.
Although the Boko Haram commander claimed his abduction and intention of selling the girls was according to Allah’s command to Muslims, the overwhelming majority of ignorant Muslims as well as the deceptive ones among them will surely become vocal in condemning his action, and will claim that there no place of such horrendous actions in Islam.
“This is against the noble and peaceful teachings of Islam, against the holy tradition of Prophet Muhammad,” they will say.
So will many non-Muslim apologists of Islam, for example, the likes of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Far from being against the spirit of Islam, capturing women by attacking non-Muslims and keeping them as sex-slaves as well as selling them in the market is sanctioned by the Quran and tradition of Prophet Muhammad. For example, the holy Quran says that Muslims, aided by Allah, can attack and kill the non-Muslims, and take some of them, namely the women and children, as slave (captive):
And He (Allah) brought those of the People of the Scripture (i.e., Banu Qurayza) who supported them (i.e. the Quraysh) down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some (adult males) ye slew, and ye made captive some (women and children)… [Quran 33:26–27]
The holy Quran (33:50) also gives divine license to Muslims to use the women, captured in war, as sex-slaves:
O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses (i.e. slaves) out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war… [Quran 33:50]
These divine writs of Allah, the Islamic God, were also duly put into action by the Muhammad, the holy prophet of Islam. For example, Prophet Muhammad attacked the Jewish community of Banu Quraiza in 627 AD, and after killing all of their grown-up men (600-900 in number), captured their women and children as slave, who were distributed among his followers. The prophet himself took the 17-year-old beautiful girl Rayhana as his sex-slave. (see Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Karachi, p. 461-470)
The prophet did exactly the same thing in his attack of Khaybar, i.e. after killing the men, he captured the women and children as slaves and distributed them among his followers. There, he took the exquisitely beautiful 17-year-old Safiyah, wife of the young leader of the Banu Nadir Jewish community, as his own sex-slave. (ibid, 510-518)
As far as the Boko Haram leader’s intention of selling the captured school girls are concerned, Prophet Muhammad himself established the tradition of selling captured women in Islam as recorded by Ibn Ishaq (p. 466):
Then the apostle sent Sa’d b. Zayd al-Ansari brother of b. ‘Abdu’l-Ashhal with some of the captive women of B. Qurayza to Najd and he sold them for horses and weapons.
So, abducting the women and keeping them as sex and selling them, which the Boko Haram leader intends and claimed to be commanded by Allah, is indeed in keeping with what Allah commands Muslims to do, as well in keeping with the tradition Prophet Muhammad, in following Allah’s commands, had set in motion some 14 centuries ago. And it remained a dominant occurrence in the history of Islam until the West initiated a blanked ban on slavery and forced the Islamic world to comply.
The only difference between the capturing of women by Boko Haram Jihadis and the Prophet Muhammad is that the Prophet’s instances were much more cruel and barbaric, wherein he used to kill hundreds of men of a community before capturing their women and children as slave.
A former University of Michigan student is suing the school, claiming an investigation into a sexual misconduct report that resulted in his suspension violated his constitutional rights.
Twenty-one-year-old Drew Sterrett, of New York, filed lawsuits in both federal and Washtenaw County courts in late April that say the university committed numerous violations while looking into a sexual encounter that occurred between Sterrett and an unnamed female student at Mosher-Jordan Hall in March 2012.
Sterrett was never criminally charged and the woman didn’t report any misconduct until August 2012. The lawsuit alleges the sex was consensual and the woman only reported it as misconduct after her mother found a diary chronicling the times she had sex.
Sterrett’s attorney, civil rights lawyer Deborah Gordon, said this incident and others like the Brendan Gibbons sexual misconduct case are examples of why universities shouldn’t investigate crimes like sexual assaults.
“I think they don’t know what they’re doing,” she said Tuesday night in a phone interview. “I think if they’re going to take it upon themselves to investigate (the crimes), they need a heck of a lot more training.”
The university said it plans to fight the lawsuit.
“The university is reviewing the complaints and plans to defend them vigorously,” U-M spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham said in an email to The Ann Arbor News. “What we can say now is that our student sexual misconduct policy and practices meet or exceed due process requirements.”
The lawsuit comes on the heels of other issues involving sexual misconduct reporting and investigations at U-M and schools nationwide.
U-M is currently among 55 schools being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for their handling of sexual assault claims. U-M is being investigated for its response to the Gibbons case and one other complaint.
Gibbons was expelled after U-M discovered he had violated the university’s sexual misconduct policy. He was arrested on Nov. 22, 2009, during a police investigation into a reported sexual assault at the Chi Psi fraternity house. Gibbons was never charged in the case, but was expelled years later after the policy had changed.
A subsequent U-M student government investigation into the Gibbons case found numerous problems with the sexual misconduct policy.
Since the Nigerian Islamic radical group Boko Haram kidnapped over 100 schoolgirls in mid-April, the media and the American government have been up in arms over this outrage. With over 200 girls in captivity, Boko Haram warned that they may sell the children into slavery.
Beginning the night of the kidnappings on April 16 and continuing ever since, the press has devoted relentless focus to the crisis in Nigeria. Nearly a block an hour on the three major cable news networks has been devoted raising awareness about the group, their medieval views, their aims, and the atrocities they have committed in the past.
The pressure exerted by the media moved the American government to action. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion over the kidnappings in interviews with local and network news personalities. House Speaker John Boehner joined Obama and said that, as a parent, he cannot imagine the horror of having your daughters kidnapped.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) pledged on Wednesday to join all the female members of the U.S. Senate to urge the United Nations and the international community to name Boko Haram as a known terrorist groups.
Secretary of State John Kerry has helped use the pressure in the Western media to force a recalcitrant Nigerian government to accept American assistance in recovering the kidnapped children.
Three weeks after their kidnappings began, Washington committed to dispatching American legal, intelligence, and military advisors to West Africa to aid in the search for the missing girls.
This focus on Boko Haram from both the media and the government is an unqualified good. The press arguably increased the pressure on global governments to do something about this backwards group of terrorists. But Boko Haram is not a new phenomenon. It was not long ago that some – including this author – were asking why this group’s atrocities were not generating any attention in the press.
On February 25, between 40 and 59 children were killed by the fundamentalist militant group. Early that morning, Boko Haram terrorists attacked a boarding school and shot many of children, aged 11 to 18, while they slept. Some of the students were gunned down as they attempted to flee. Others had their throats slit. In some buildings, Boko Haram militants locked the doors and set the building alight. The occupants were burned alive.
All of the victims were boys. Reports indicated that the young girls the militants encountered were spared. According to the BBC, the militants told the girls to flee, get married, and shun the western education to which they were privy.
Beyond wire reports and a handful of segments on globally-focused outlets like NPR, this atrocity went unremarked upon in the popular news media.
February 25 was not Boko Haram’s first atrocity. By March, more than 1,000 people had been killed in the country’s northeast since the first of the year. Prior to Boko Haram’s shift in tactics, from wholesale slaughter of young men to the kidnapping of young women, the group traveled from village to village where they killed children and razed buildings with near impunity.
The massacre in February prompted me to ask what the press found lacking in story surrounding Boko Haram’s atrocities that they would not cover it extensively. Was it a geographical bias? Was reporting from Western Africa more difficult than Beslan, Russia? There, hundreds of school children were massacred in 2004, and that event comprehensively covered in the Western press. Maybe there was simply an ethnic bias at play, and American audiences were prejudged to care less about atrocities in Africa than in Europe.
But the events of the last month have demonstrated that none of these explanations were accurate. Apparently, the press simply needed the right reason to cover this terrorist group and their brutal tactics. But an even more disturbing question needs to be asked now: why did the press spring to action when young women were kidnapped, but were virtually unmoved when it was young boys who were being slaughtered and burned alive?