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Elizabeth Smart on abstinence-only teachings: Rape victims "filthy." “Why... worth screaming out? Your life still has no value.”


(AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)(AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

When Elizabeth Smart was only 14-years-old, she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City, Utah home and held prisoner by her kidnappers for nine months, forced into a polygamous marriage, and raped on a daily basis. She's 25 now. It's hard to imagine the horror she felt and the pain and confusion she suffered. It's physically sickening to even think about, and yet she survived. And now she's speaking out.

Think Progress is reporting on a speech Smart gave at Johns Hopkins about human trafficking and sexual violence. In that speech she answers the question about why she didn't try to escape when she was brought outside to public venues by her captors. And that answer was that she, like other human trafficking victims, stay put because they feel worthless after being raped, especially after being influenced their whole lives by conservatives who push abstinence-only and sexual purity:

Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.”

Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum.

“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”

"Pro life" but not "your life has value." Got it.

Think Progress takes it from there. Please link over and read the rest.


Cartoons of the Day- GOP's War On Women


Yeah, no war on women. Via.


Hartford Archdiocese: You can be gay, just don't have sex


Okay, see, the Hartford Archdiocese is pretending he's not really a homophobe... as he goes all homophobic on those icky gay people. Clevvvver, Arch, clevvver. And while he's at it, he's expecting gays and lesbians to deny who they are, which I'm pretty sure makes them feel like crap. How Christian of him. Do unto others and all that.

Via the Hartford Courant:

The Hartford Archdiocese wants gays and lesbians to practice abstinence in the new year.

On Tuesday, the archdiocese announced it was launching a local chapter of a national ministry called Courage "to support men and women who struggle with homosexual tendencies and to motivate them to live chaste and fruitful lives in accordance with Catholic Church teachings." [...]

Gay attraction is not the sin, the ministry preaches — only when one acts on those feelings is it immoral.

So whatever you do, don't express your love. Showing your love for someone is a sin. Loving someone is wrong. Jesus would never approve of loving someone.

Just stop being gay!

More here.


VIDEO: Rick Perry fumbles abstinence question... badly. Really badly.


Via National Confidential.

Well that wasn't at all utterly embarrassing, now was it? Summed up perfectly on the YouTube page:


Rick Perry Struggles to answer Question on Abstinence - what seems to be a rather simple question turns into a bit of a confusing mess. Give this guy the nuclear button? I wouldn't suggest it.

He's GW Bush, minus a few more IQ points. Holy dim bulbs, I never thought I'd say that about anyone.

H/t: @owillis, @pamspaulding