Save domestic violence!

Barry Duke at the Freethinker reports:

The Croatian Government voted on Friday to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, widely known as the Istanbul Convention– and thousands, egged on by the Catholic Church, gathered to protest, saying the move would pave the way to same-sex marriage and will give rights to transgender people.

Because…families can’t beat up family members? So they want to preserve and protect domestic violence? I have to wonder what life is like in their families.

The Convention, agreed in 2011, has now been ratified by 29 countries, including 18 European Union member states. The treaty aims to be an instrument in combating domestic violence against women, protecting victims and prosecuting accused offenders. Among the forms of violence it seeks to counter are marital rape, stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

But if you think it’s God’s Will that men are superior to women and allowed to dominate and exploit them, then laws banning marital rape, stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are blasphemous, I guess.

The Catholic Church in Croatia, to which nearly 90 percent of the country’s 4.2 million people belong, labeled the convention a “heresy.”

It is the official doctrine or dogma or policy of the Catholic church, spelled out in many papal letters, that women and men are Different, and that while women are very very very very nice and lovely and all that, they are Different, and subordinate. Recent letters lean heavily on the Different part, so as not to have to keep saying Inferior, but of course that’s what they mean.

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