There is a disturbing report out of South Africa this week. The South African Medical Research Council has found that one out of four South African men said that they had raped someone and more than half admitted to raping more than one person.
One in 20 men surveyed said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year. Moreover, one in 10 men said that they had been raped by other men.
It is an astonishing report that supports what women have said in South Africa for years: that there is a rape culture in the country. Just having the country acknowledge this epidemic of rape is a major step forward.
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I lived in S.Africa so I have to say some things that might be unpopular. So many of the Africans we saw in those apartheid days were simply overflow from neighbouring African countries who came because the conditions in their own country were so much worse. I suppose the parallel might be drawn to the Mexican immigrant issue now in the USA.
We had a married couple as maid and gardener who came over 2 times a week and worked at 4 other houses. They were very happy and were paid well. They had a good house, a healthy son and a safe life. In the whole of Africa their lives would’ve been a dream compared to the rest.
She was a Zulu and he was a Sotho. She had been excommunicated from her community for marrying out of her tribe. The difference was remarkable. She was surely twice the size of him. They were not surly or resentful but happy and glad at their lot in life. I can’t imagine now what they are doing. Law and order have gone to hell and I’m sure before the “Cry Freedom” style of political activism that so melts the hearts of Western Bourgeoisie they would argue that personal safety and food on the table are the more important issue.
Apartheid was wrong and the skewed result of colonialist roots, but before the West insisted on throwing the people their “human rights” they might have insisted on a structured handover instead of passing off the nation to the rampantly corrupt Inkatha Party who dole out positions, funding and favours to their selected few.
And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they
said, Of Haran are we.
And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
Translated to modern-day English:
And the bartender said; Where ya from? And the customer said Ohio.
Then the bartender said; You ever had sex will Billy the Son of Tom Martin. And they said, Yep, we had sex with him.
Google “to know in the biblical sense” and almost all of the hits will say it refers to sex. I’m Jewish and that is the accepted interpretation I learned and which is overwhelmingly accepted. The King James Bible is a translation of a translation and there is much within it that disagrees with original texts. Perhaps Christians can claim to have replaced
Judaism, but the original materials in the Torah come from our writers and have been interpreted by our scholars from before the inception of Christianity. This bible was completed in 1611 by a team of Christian scholars who were mandated to ensure that it conformed to Christian teachings. In that sense it really can’t be considered the authoritative rendering of the original and that doesn’t even address the fact that common English has changed greatly since 1611. See Shakespeare for proof of that.
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