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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:51 pm 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8168480.stm

Outcry over disowned US rape girl

Offers of help are pouring in for an eight-year-old Liberian girl disowned by her own family in Phoenix, Arizona, after being raped by four boys.

The girl is under the care of the Arizona Child Protective Service (CPS) because her parents said she had shamed them, and they did not want her back.

Phoenix police said calls had come in from all over the US offering money, or even to adopt the young girl.

Entire article at link.

My personal opinion? The parents have no intention of assimilating into "The American Life" and should be sent back to Liberia, post-haste. Their child needs to be adopted by a loving family here, who will love her and teach her that she was not to blame.

There are far too many people moving into No. American cities who want the freedoms and the ability to make money, but they have no intention of changing their "old ways" , and becoming an integral part of Western Society. Part of becoming a Citizen of a new country is agreeing to uphold the Laws and Values established in the new country, and to assimilate, so future generations can be Canadians or Americans--loyal to the Truths and Values WE hold dear; not to ways of life that are based on primeval thoughts and primitive rituals.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:33 am 
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I read that article today, and I'm glad that the oldest of the three boys will be charged as an adult. It is good that there will be some justice for what was done to her.

The parents are also under the gun from their own communities. But even if they understand what they've done is wrong, I hope that the young girl can be adopted out to a family that will offer her a better chance at a new life.

I read recently about a young, educated woman in Scotland. She was from Pakistan, her family moved there when she was little. Well, her parents decided that she should marry a young man from a family they knew, and the arrangements were all made without her knowledge, or consent. Right down to the wedding invitations.

No matter how many people tried to convince her that she didn't have to marry without her consent, her alternative was to lose her entire family. Sometimes even having the choice does not necessarily mean that these ancient family rituals disappear.

Maybe a few generations from now when people break the old moulds and being to live in new ones will we see changes in attitudes.

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This is WHY when you take the oath to become a Citizen of any country, you AGREE to adopt those Laws. And if you break them... you get fined or go to jail. I know it's a tough lesson, but I'd expect nothing less from some other government...

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In my generation, that's how it used to be. All of us in the north were from families that came from some other part of the world, and the only common denominator in our parents who immigrated, was a common goal of being a community.

There was no question as to laws, customs, etc., it was all learned and everybody was respected for their differences, but came together with their similarities.

I think it is safe to say that most new Canadians or Americans adapt very well from what I've seen, but there is a lot of latitude in accepting traditions of other countries. Then again, I don't think anybody had this in mind with this little girls experience. It is just so extreme.

What would have happened to her in her parent's country. She would most likely be shunned by the entire society there.

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Not long ago a naturalized citizen who, with his wife, many years ago, began a successful TV station somewhere on the Eastern Coast of the U.S. He recently beheaded her--allegedly because she disrespected him by voicing an alternative opinion to how and what they should do to make the station more financially profitable... Old Customs seem to die hard.

And when I worked for a large university here in Los Angeles, one of the women I worked with was from India. Every year her parents forced her to go back to India to "set her up" to marry a man from her own country and religion. She was in love with a professor (who also loved her), but she could never voice her opinion to her family; she would have been ostracized, and he would never have been accepted. So, to this day, she has never married.

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