Monday, July 22, 2013


Hey, whaddya know?  Suddenly this morning I can type with both hands!
My 1st physiotherapist visit last week went really well, focussing on improving the range of movement in my arm and getting some strength back.  Four days later, and my hand is 1/2 the size it was, and i'm no longer totally gimpy.  I'm going to have to try not to push it too hard, but I think typing is within the range/tension window my treatment is planned for.

And what a day for a new blog post.  I turned on my PC this morning, and saw this news story about a woman in Dubai who was raped and then charged with "having sex outside marriage."

I'm all for religious freedom.  I personally don't believe in a higher power, I'm not spiritual.  I'm an evolutionist, and don't really care enough about faith to investigate the opinions that, as unlikely as I think, could actually be true.  My opinion is just as valid as a believer's.

Having said that, when religion shapes law so strictly that no common sense can be allowed, something has to change.  How on earth should that poor woman have had to endure this violation, and then be punished when she notified the police???  There's something seriously wrong, evident from the fact that it went as far as it did.
You want to outlaw consentual sex outside of marriage, in a country with a fundamental religious link to the state?  That's fair, I guess.  I don't agree with it, but I'm not forced to live there or follow these rules.  I can live in a place that fits MY values (current local and federal governments aside).  There is certainly a valid arguement to force separation of church and state, however I don't want to devote the time to that today.  Basically, it's YOUR country and if you want to have religious laws, and this is in line with your national values, so be it.  But when someone is forced to "commit this crime,"  especially a crime that is only really victimizing the perpetrator, how on earth can she be assigned the blame?

It makes me want to put the UAE on my list of no-go locations, just to protest the only way I can!