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  1. The headline is colorful, chilling, and woefully short sighted about the issues of incest, pregnancy, and consent. I think it goes without much emphasis how quickly it hit all the wrong buttons that put me back to my youth being molested by my father. It made me immediately reflect on the moment I said yes when he asked if he could pretend I was my mother. That headline made me stand up and pace the room for a good three minutes, reminding myself how often incest happens: voluntarily - but with limited understanding of what it all means until the damage is done. Virginian delegate, Bob Marshall (R), is well known for his blatantly reckless, and often abhorrent, public airing of his reasoning regarding issues ranging from disabled children being nature's vengeance on mothers who have had abortions before, to making cursing in an email a misdemeanor offense if he had his way. When reading his rationale that there should not be an exception to an abortion ban in cases of incest because sometimes incest is "voluntary", one cannot help but wonder how many victims of incest, let alone those who became pregnant, has he ever been socially involved with. To take the attitude that because some victims were complicit in the demands of their abuser should automatically disallow abortion, even for those who were forcefully abused and impregnated, demonstrates how little this candidate is familiar with the dynamics of sexual abuse to begin with. My own experience of being molested by my father underscores the need for legislators like Marshall to understand that it is not black and white when it comes to abuse. My father was a verbally, physically, and emotionally abusive man. He pretty much left me walking on egg shells, anxious when working on projects with him, and never sure if I would become too annoying and he would find a way to punish me and make me go away for awhile to my room, or worse, take the belt to me. When my father approached me to come to his bed while my mother was nearly dying in the hospital from severe pancreatitis, and he was being gentle, caring, even conversational and patient, how could I at such a young age say no? I was completely ignorant on what sex was, or that his desire was inappropriate. My church never spoke on such things to children so young. All I knew is that dad wasn't acting like the normally recognizable monster that kept our home a nightmare of bipolar highs and lows, and I wasn't going to pass up on a chance to have a father that was calm and loving for once. Of course, I didn't realize he was hurting me until later on, and this is where Marshall's public opinion on "voluntary" incest is woefully misguided and lacking any real depth of the situation. It leaves out the reality that a lot of "voluntary" instances of incest and other forms of sex abuse are situations of "uninformed consent" -- which is assault..... It's been two years since Marshall made these statements, and sadly, he is in his 11th term of office, and even more politicians are taking the same attitude, but with different rationale. George Faught (R) state representative of Oklahoma, made it clear that except for genetic anomalies and Down Syndrome, that there shouldn't be an exception to an abortion ban. His attitude, like that of Rick Santorum and many other conservative congressional leaders, is that the suffering of one will "bring beauty from the ashes" in the form of the child that is forced to be carried to term, despite how it was conceived or the lingering psychological damage that the mother must recover from. Rape and incest, no exception, but genetic anomalies, kill it. The attitude that ultimately beauty comes from sexual abuse tells me they watch way too many Lifetime movies, or this demonstrates how much cognitive dissonance is at play in the policy making minds of many conservative congressmen in this country. The romanticizing of suffering, and the more personal an assault the better for such a process, is undeniable in the Bible. There have been many stories shared not just in religious studies, but in everyday life and story telling, of how a person is sexually violated, and the resulting child brings about a metamorphosis of recovery and strength to defeat all the odds against the victim. But as Faught seems to point out, a genetic deformity is not the same as sexual abuse. There wasn't an an act against one's will involved. There wasn't trauma. There wasn't a good enough story of a human life being shattered behind it. Worst of all, this type of romanticizing of suffering and humiliation of an individual creates an obligatory martyrdom that is then demanded to be shared publicly for all to gain a lesson from, which is atrocious and dehumanizing in my opinion. It takes away the right to process your pain in a manner that best suits you, and even encourages a suppression of hurt as there is an expectation to perform for the general public an astounding feat of an "overcoming the odds" underdog story of encouragement. It's pure selfishness on the part of these congressmen and ideologues pushing this line of rationalization to the general public. They are saying to victims,"We want a feel good story from your tragedy that reaffirms our faith values, Suzy, so you have to have that rape baby your daddy put in your belly. Don't worry, it's a blessing you can pay for, sweetheart." This is exploitation of the vulnerable to benefit the masses, and it must stop. Some might argue that it isn't about any of what I've just said, but actually a focus on the beauty of someone trying to survive and recover, and that the baby in the mix makes it all the more beautiful. But to whom? This refusal to offer exception for incest is not about the rare cases of sister and brother, or uncle and niece, who are of age, informed of the risks, and willingly in a desired relationship together. This is about the 15 year old, or 22 year old, who finds themselves pregnant after sexual abuse. They are feeling depressed, used, overwhelmed, and are struggling to survive. And you think that this notion that being in this predicament is benefiting them by showing others the strength and resilience of their desire to get through that mess? That in the long run, everything will end up like Queen Simonida of Serbia, and these abused souls will take solace in being the example for everyone else? That this constant recognition of pain and anguish will be a pep rally for their psyche to continue on and look back on their lives with a grateful attitude?
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    Ode To Satan

    Dear Satan, Six thousand years old, and going strong, say the chilling stories about you, Still dragging your scrawny body down the hills and valleys of Planet Blue? To the wise and thinking of my world you exist only in the imaginer’s mind; It hurts wisdom to believe you’re a reality; yet your story hooks me and my kind. But let’s just say, That everything ever told about you is true, and you do exist, let’s presume; That you once were and forever will be, until you meet your imminent doom. Like half the world believes, let me do too, that you are man’s worst enemy Still, I can’t resist the pull to engage you, even though they say its blasphemy. I’m humbled by your knowledge of this world, jaw-dropped by your modesty, I am impressed by the just nature you have displayed on the Knowledge Tree, In a first of its kind act, you valiantly fought to defend the right to information, The Garden of Eden, your debut game field, Adam and Eve, your first faction. I am thrilled by the courageous approach you took to invalidate with proof, Gawd’s first words to the first man ever, even before his creatures began to move. It’s a pity Gawd lied to his only children; said, they’d surely die of eating the fruit, It is unfathomable that it is not Gawd but the devil who told nature’s First Truth! I am so touched by your fatherly love you showed to your enemy’s first children; Held them to your bosom when the cruel Gawd of Bye-Bull threw them out of Eden. Their first steps into the big world outside, our first parents forcibly took with you, Their progeny and you, in company of each of other, like rivaling siblings you grew. Rape and genocide; disease, deceit and destruction, Gawd is justified in them all; But deplorable was your act of truthfulness that he deems devised man’s fall. Never mind you acted in broad daylight, under the Omni-(im)Potent’s full control; No, he is not accountable for his acts although he played the most prominent role. My beloved Satan, You are a nincompoop to emulate Gawd; for taking for granted, you’d be forgiven; You should’ve known your Gawd better than that, you were his darling in heaven. Gawd’s cruelty to humans is justified as we are lowly beings created to be his game, No human protects another from his bashing, the act of humanism is an act of shame! Your bold disposition to question Gawd’s actions emboldens me to ask you my own; I represent my entire race in doing this, remember, all these aren’t my doubts alone. Armored with logic, with enough courage summoned, wasting not a moment in vain, I gear up to quiz you and face the consequences of my audacity to use my large brain. Who in the world are you, tell me your name, your purpose and how do you look? What is your original form and do you see you are not there explicitly in the Book? Woeful titles are all you have and not a single given name that you are mentioned by, Now, please, can the real Satan, courteously step forward unless he’s just a big fat lie? What name boosts your ego, Satan, is it Leviathan, Belial or Apollyon or just Lucifer? You’ve a choice between Beelzebub, and Baal, and Abaddon, or simply the Deceiver How about addressing you as the Lawless one? Or one of the many synonyms for evil? I’d be a liar to call you the Liar, as they commonly do to the teller of truth, primeval. Where are you in the Bye-Bull, or secular history? Or atleast in Earth diggings? Gawd forgot you in Moses’ Law, and even in the Hebrew nation’s beginnings! You attract the attention of youth but failed to do so the Epistle writers’ attention See, you lack sound evidence for your existence, I wonder, do you even function? Unhappy with the names mankind gave you? Look at these attributed appearances! A talking snake, a deranged pig, a tempting spirit, and a synonym for all grievances. You are epilepsy and psychosis, you fashioned tattoos and the spoilt kid’s mohawk; Doyen of the LGBT movement, you have composed all of heavy metal and rock. How about these 21st Century tasks attributed to you, unlike anything found before? The geek behind stem cell and space research, you are also the inventor of porn. You officiate all pagan rituals, you tutor drug abuse and doctor abortion, You direct Hollywood, and that ain’t all; you even scripted the Theory of Evolution. You evolved like all else that ever was, in our ever-evolving-expanding universe From an adored angel to a talking reptile to a full grown mammal with a curse! (Mindless crimes to nerdy research, you are now an Angel of Light to edify man) You created doubt in him set him on fire, since he arrived in Century Twenty One, You not only led him to the lack of evidence, you even drove him to apply reason. Unbelievable, but is it true that all you give is torture to those that engage with you? You realize the flak surrounding you, don’t you? And yet your followers, you spew? Mormons, Scientologists, politicians, celebrities, and all the pagans that fly high, You bless them in this life to rack them later, simply because they gave you a try? I can’t resist the temptation to dig deeper into the oh-so-publicized cosmic battle - A drama awaited for eons as demonstrated from the pulpits by the religious rattle. Why is Gawd after your blood when he ought to be grateful for your cooperation? After all, isn’t heaven thickly populated only due to your benevolent intervention? So, what’s your role in the melodrama of redemption, and that’s my last question. Are you with God’s secret services, set yourself up for an everlasting proscription? If that is true, Satan, your sacrifice is more real and the Jeez-us one was made up And if YOU were real, it would’ve saved millions from history’s darkest coverup!
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