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LONDON (RNS) Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday (June 11) to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence.


  1. Michael Glass

    Forced circumcision is sexual violence that also happens in war and conflict. So is forcing men to reveal whether they have been circumcised or not. The conference should also deal with this issue.

  2. “She cautioned that while religion can be part of the healing process
    it can also be part of the problem
    ‘when people aren’t properly informed about religious texts and debates.’ ”

    Alas. Those religious texts do get in the way:

    “Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. ‘Why have you let all the women live?’ he demanded. …They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people. Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.” (Num:31:18)

    Instead of trying to approach these ‘texts’
    for proper meaning – how about we just throw them away?
    How about the trash?
    Isn’t the trash the perfect place for this drivel?

    Religion is nonsense.
    Humanism is our only hope.

    • Religion is one thing; Religious, quite another. It’s what you do with “the Word” that matters.
      The specific passage in Numbers is speaking on “the elect” within arbitration of “HUMAN” ideals … not murder as MANKIND “understands” murder. Who relegated the misfit? Take a peek into history after Yeshua prophesied on Truth? Jesus illustrated the FEMININE DIVINE ‘countless’ times (Numbers—get the connection?)

      Man is in INFANCY in his understanding of God.

      Thank you

      • @Opheliart,

        If anything is infantile, it is the disgraceful, disgusting Yahweh and his side-kick, Jesus:


        “If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and SEIZING HIS GENITALS, you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.” – DEUT. 25:11

        Cut off your wife’s hand? Show no pity to YOUR WIFE??

        Jesus agrees: (JOHN 1:17), (Mark 10:19)

    • The Bible is no Religious book. No Religion either.
      Its transparency is mind boggling. The God of the Bible is that.

      Good to have someone in the opposition.
      Imagine the finite human trying to understand all of the Infinite.
      Remember, the secret things belong to the God Of Israel / God of the Bible / God of every born again christian – me too !!
      This world is incomplete without you ‘Athiest Max’ .

  3. Brian Pellot

    Brian Pellot

    Article author

    Michael – The conference did deal with FGM, and the British Foreign Office is hosting a separate conference on that specific topic next month.

    • Michael Glass

      Brian, sexual violence doesn’t just happen to women and children. Men are also victims to rape and other sexual violence, especially in times of war and conflict. Sexual assaults on men, and this includes forced circumcision, need to be addressed along with the sexual abuse and rape of women and children.

      My article on the forced circumcision of men can be found at

  4. A.M.,

    RE: “If anything is infantile, it is the disgraceful, disgusting Yahweh and his side-kick, Jesus:”

    Agl. James says PARTIALITY IS A SIN. Ascent of heart to mind is of the Essence. Essence and Energy are of One in God. The “language” that you vehemently display as illicit and disgraceful is of an exploratory and revolutionary exodus within Light. Men understand the words written but do not understand the Written Word. You read it in the contemporary West, a season of disillusion and fostering of antiquated purpose. We enter the East. The face of Christianity will change as will the landscape of religion. The ancients of The Philokalia walked a strenuous line of reaching … but to be water-logged in religious/spiritual wanderings is no different than being as dry as the stick of chalk left on the side of the blackboard. A small mind finds room for his own intellect, but a wise one builds a house for many.

    John 14.2

    Thank you

    • Dear Opheliart,

      That was beautiful, poetic, ethereal and very fun to read. Like music almost – really. You have a talent for writing. And your choice of John (my favorite gospel) is perfectly lovely.

      “Many mansions” indeed. Seems like all paths are valid, but of course Jesus is not saying that at all.

      Let me try it your way.
      The truth is a longing in the heart but you will not find it there for it is somewhere on the road and we see not the jouney’s end. Trust the road, the feel of the solid stones along the way because it is true and it will guide us to a clear and holy heart.

      How did I do? Not as good as you.

      But Yahweh and Jesus are still disgusting.

  1. […] Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday (June 11) to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. The panel was part of the three-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict co-chaired by Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. [Read more] […]