First, there was this:
Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.
In a massive blow for women's rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.
This was quickly followed by a delightfully deafening silence from Canada's arbiter of morals and family values, Stephen Taylor's Blogging
But hark! What ho! The slumbering beast in Ottawa awakes:
Canada expresses outrage over Afghan women's law
Updated Tue. Mar. 31 2009 7:35 PM ET
OTTAWA -- Canadian officials contacted the Afghan government Tuesday to express concern about controversial new legislation that would reportedly allow men to rape their wives.
The Canadian government reacted with outrage following reports that the Karzai administration has approved a wide-ranging family law for the country's Shia minority.
And now that their masters in Ottawa have sent out the memo, we can expect a sudden deluge of coincidentally-timed outrage from Stephen's playground full of yappy poodles, who now have the official go-ahead to be totally, totally pissed, now that they have permission.
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