Lawyer upset by reports that military ‘has allowed Afghanistan forces to sexually abuse young children on U.S. bases’

A lawyer of the American Center for Law and Justice describes as “disturbing” that an American soldier, trying to protect a child from repeated sexual assaults by an Afghan commander “… was punished and could be kicked out of the military” because he acted on behalf of a mother’s information by confronting the man.

“After acting to protect a child from sexual assault from an Afghan commander, SFC [Charles] Martland was punished and could be kicked out of the military at any time,” Jay Sekulow, of the ACLJ was quoted in one Foxnews story. “What’s equally disturbing are reports that the military has allowed Afghanistan forces to sexually abuse young children on U.S. bases.”

Sgt. Martland, stationed in Afghanistan in 2011, took action when the boy’s mother came to him and “… said she’d been beaten and her son raped by a local police commander.” Martland, described as “a Green Beret with an 11-year Special Forces career,”  and another soldier “… summoned the police official and, when the man laughed at them, threw him off the base.”

Subsequently it is reported that both soldiers, Martland and Captain Daniel Quinn, were “… disciplined for their actions.”

‘Dancing boys of Afghanistan’

Elizabeth Yore writing over at FrontpageMag online wonders “[w]hy is a Green Beret who confronted a violent child sex predator involuntarily discharged from the military?” Public Broadcasting has also highlighted the issue in their Frontline documentary called “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.”

In the PBS program description an Afghan journalist, Najibullah Quraishi, returns to his native land “… to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen.”

Quraishi tells what is so disturbing. “What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing to the boys. It was also their casualness with which they operated and the pride with which they showed me their boys, their friends, their world. They clearly believed that nothing they were doing was wrong.”

It is called “boy play,” or  “bacha bazi” and it exploits street orphans and poor boys, some just 11 years old. The truth of the matter, according to Quraishi, is that these men “… dress the boys in women’s clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends.” But there is also sexual abuse of these boys by these men.

UN calls it ‘a form of slavery’

Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special representative for Children and Armed Conflict is also quoted in the PBS information. “It’s a disgusting practice. … It’s a form of slavery, taking a child, keeping him. It’s a form of sexual slavery. The only way to stop bacha bazi is if you prosecute the people who commit the crime, and that’s what we need, because the laws are there in the books against this practice.”

 

A petition on the ACLJ website, which has to date collected 301,148 signatures, is “… demanding direct action to stop this moral outrage and reinstate the brave Green Beret who exposed it.”

Their message “… to the Secretary of Defense & Secretary of the Army” is simply this:

“The U.S. military has a moral obligation to stop child sexual abuse on our bases and exonerate Sergeant Martland for defending a child from rape.”

CA Congressman: ‘Charles did the right thing in Afghanistan’

Speaking up on behalf of the American soldier is California Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, who is quoted in the Foxnews story of Sgt. Martland and has been helping the soldier. “Charles did the right thing in Afghanistan by standing up to a child rapist and corrupt commander, and now it’s the Army’s turn to do the right thing and reverse the decision to expel him from the service. Permitting Charles to continue serving is in the best interest of the Army and the nation.”

Understanding Ted Cruz in an era of geopolitical change, persecution of Christian believers

Maybe it was a bit weird for many to hear a political candidate/sitting Senator, seeking the highest office in the United States of America, asking “the Body of Christ” to awaken, but in light of the “Watch List” just released, naming the nations engaging in persecution of Christian believers, perhaps it is not so strange.

Making the top ten list of the Open Doors organization per ReligionNews, were the countries of North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Libya.

“Islamic extremism remains by far the most common driver of persecution: in eight out of the top 10, and 35 out of the top 50 countries, it is the primary cause. A rise in Islamic extremism sees Pakistan at its highest position ever, and Libya entering the top ten for the first time,” states the message over at the OpenDoors website. “But it’s not just about Islam. A rise in hardline Hindu nationalism in India has seen churches and pastors attacked with impunity. It enters the top 20 for the first time.”

The Open Doors records “… show that worldwide there were over 7,000 Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the year – almost 3,000 more than the previous year.” They also note that “… [t]hese are conservative estimates and exclude North Korea, Syria and Iraq, where accurate records do not exist.”

World watching refugees

“And the world has watched aghast as millions of refugees risk the hazardous route to Europe from the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Their number includes tens of thousands of Christians fleeing war and persecution,” the organizational report highlights as well. “And all the time, beneath these ‘headline’ events, there is constant, low-level, localised persecution. Christians are driven out of their communities, refused burial, denied jobs or education. Churches are torn down because of local opposition or mob rule. For millions of Christians, the everyday persecution happens in their village, or even among their family.”

The Catholic-centered website, CruxNow, posted a story by Rosie Scammell regarding the much-discussed Italian decision to “cover nude statues during the visit of Iran’s president.” The leader of the Syrian Catholic Church has criticized the decision, saying “… it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten.”

‘This is our culture’

“This is our culture. If you don’t want to see it, close your eyes,” Scammell quotes the Patriarch Youssef III Younan in Rome of the matter. As the leader of the Syriac Catholic Church, Younan made his comments two days after the ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome’s Capitoline Museums “… in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani.”

President Rouhani has been visiting and apparently attempting to work on the ice cold relationships with the West after that historic deal made with the United States and other world powers, per a story from ABC/AP, which has brought access “… to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets as well as  “… an economic breakthrough after the lifting of sanctions, which will allow it to access overseas assets and sell crude oil more freely.”

Motivating millions

So when a presidential candidate such as Senator Ted Cruz tells voters that it is time to “awaken the body of Christ that we may pull back from the abyss,” such as happened before the Iowa caucusses, according to writer Leonardo Blair of the ChristianPost, it seems most likely he aims to motivate millions of voters to not stay home depressed about the world and their miseries anymore.

The man did just become the first Hispanic candidate to win a Presidential caucus, as the DallasNews points out for readers. Cruz had one conservative radio host, Glenn Beck, who went a step further according to writer Christine Ayala. Beck optimistically introduced Cruz at a campaign event stating he was “… the first Hispanic president of the United States.”