11-Year-Old Girl Forced To Marry Her Rapist To Avoid Embarrassing The Church (PICTURED)
The idea of a child marrying an adult is quite creepy. We hear about it happening in some Muslim countries and several American conservatives use such accounts to condemn the leaderships of these countries. What someone would expect when such conservatives talk is that such things don’t happen in the United States or if it does then these same people would come out to strongly condemn perpetrators.
But it appears like these conservatives are selective when applying their principles.
Last week Friday, The New York Times published a story that got the whole world talking. That’s the story of Sherry Johnson, a female who got pregnant after being raped by a 20-year-old male member of her Florida-based church. That incident and the ensuing pregnancy would teach her that Christianity can at times be protected so much even to the extent of breaking the very morals it upholds.
“It was forced on me,” she told the Times. Because she was only 10 years old, authorities were already snooping around to establish what was really happening. The church had to look for a way to save its face and they agreed that the best thing to do was to marry the young girl to her rapist.
Fortunately for the church, and unfortunately for humanity, the girl’s parents were so deeply into the religion that they gave in to the church’s plan.
“My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do I act like a wife?’” Johnson remembers this question to this today, years later. “She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.’”
A Tampa, Florida government clerk declined to marry the two despite the practice being legal. This forced the wedding ceremony to be transferred to the nearby Pinellas County, where the clerk agreed to issue them with a marriage certificate, clearly indicating the bride’s age.
Johnson was raped by both a church minister and a parishioner and the judge willingly gave a nod for the young girl to be married to the rapist in order to bring a halt to investigations that were already ongoing into the matter.
“What we want is for you to get married,” said the judge to the young Johnson.
“It was a terrible life,” Johnson says, noting that the situation saw her miss school to focus on taking care of children.
Why was this allowed to happen? Because the law allowed it. In a number of states, it’s legal to marry a minor. In some states, however, laws have been enacted limiting the age to 16 or 17 and over.
There are some American leaders who’re very good at talking down other nations yet they fail in their own backyards. A good one is New Jersey Rep. Governor Chris Christie, who’s on record stopping a legislation that would set the minimum age of marriage to 18. Why would he do that? Well, according to the governor, he was basically protecting “religious freedom.”
Last year, the United States, in a State Department document, referred to child marriage as a “human rights abuse that contribute to economic hardship.” Making such a statement is a good thing and all that good citizens are demanding is that the statement be transformed into action.
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