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May 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

A tragic story from Afghanistan’s Tolo news channel:

On Friday, local officials in northern Kunduz province said a 10-year-old girl was raped by a mullah in a garden in the capital of the province two days ago.

The girl has been taken to a hospital in Kunduz city and mullah Aminullah was arrested.

The victim’s family sent her to learn how to read and recite the Quran from Mullah Aminullah.

The girl was weeping while explaining how it unfolded.

“[He] forcefully took me outside of the mosque and tied my hands, legs and mouth,” she cried. “I was yelling ‘be afraid of God,’ he continued to rape me.”

As she was crying reliving the rape, she said that at the end of the incident mullah Aminullah threatened her saying, “if you tell your family about this, I will kill them.”

The victim’s mother said she sent her daughter to the mosque to receive a religious study. She added that mullah Aminullah arrived to their village two months ago.

Thankfully, the free media in Afghanistan is reporting on this even if it doesn’t crack the headlines in Western news outlets. Thankfully, the two candidates in the May 28 presidential runoff — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — are modern men who oppose extremism and support the rights of women and children. Thankfully, Afghans showed up in droves to vote in the first round and eschewed the hardline Islamist candidates.

Unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go to fight the Talibanesque culture that allows the rape of a 10-year-old girl by a mullah to happen.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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As long as their prophet is held up as the
'Perfect man' Islam will continue to be a
Debased and twisted cult of evil. To venerate
A man who was a both ruthless warrior and pedophile, who
Preached hatred and demanded the murder
Of all non-Muslims, who required that men
Treat their wives like slaves...as long as this
Hideous monster is revered as role model Islam
Will continue to be nothing more than a satanic
Cult of death and evil.
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Not necessarily. There are Afghan men in prison for rape.
21 weeks ago
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He'll walk. The Koran says a woman's testimony is worth less than a man's. Girl will be lucky if she doesn't get stoned to death for tempting him.
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As long as their prophet is held up as the
'Perfect man' Islam will continue to be a
Debased and twisted cult of evil. To venerate
A man who was a both ruthless warrior and pedophile, who
Preached hatred and demanded the murder
Of all non-Muslims, who required that men
Treat their wives like slaves...as long as this
Hideous monster is revered as role model Islam
Will continue to be nothing more than a satanic
Cult of death and evil.
21 weeks ago
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Without Mohammad, there is no Islam.
21 weeks ago
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He'll walk. The Koran says a woman's testimony is worth less than a man's. Girl will be lucky if she doesn't get stoned to death for tempting him.
21 weeks ago
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Not necessarily. There are Afghan men in prison for rape.
21 weeks ago
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Yes, men who aren't connected. You can bet that a Mullah has friends.
21 weeks ago
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Since Muhammad defiled the child Aisha at either the age of nine, ten or twelve, depending on the commentator (after "marrying" her at age six), it seems the mullah is not far from his ideal. A religion with such an example is bound to have adherents who are...conflicted?... with modern behaviors. I'm sure apologists will become instant biblical scholars and cite a chapter or verse from some book of the Old Testament, but I'm talking about now - for instance, today - right now - you can buy one of 230 kidnapped girls from Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram and use her like the prophet. They're for sale. That's a problem.
21 weeks ago
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Muhammad sold slaves. Their just following the perfect man.

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It is tremendous progress that this case resulted in an arrest.
Incidents like this are tragedies in Islam and its history. I have hope that Islam will move past this kind of thing because Christianity did. Children were burned as heretics in Christian lands into the Middle Ages.
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You're off a bit a usual Sir. Please write what evil men did in the name of Jesus while working for the Universal Church does not make them Christian.

The Universal Church is full of paganism. It is not Christian.
21 weeks ago
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I'm struggling for words right now so please excuse me if I'm not quite clear.

While what happened here is not the same as what Mohammed did when he had sex with a nine-year-old girl, I can find nothing in the New Testament that approaches burning a child alive.
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Howdy Mandy and MBA
I didn't say the New Testament called for it. I said it had happened and it did. I also said that the Christian churches had moved past such horrors and that I hope Islam can do the same.
Note "churches" -- heretic burning was not limited to the Roman Catholic Church.
MBA, you could state your beliefs about the Catholic Church in less insulting ways if you chose.
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