Is there a god?

I read something like this, and I have to wonder:

A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said Tuesday.

This is an amazing article. Right out of the Bible.

The Discussion: 11 Comments

Or something that supports the hypothesis that emotions could be based in evolutionarily developed responses – hardwired, if you like, into some sort of mammalian “super-culture”

June 21, 2005 @ 5:35 pm | Comment

neonateny – if I’ve spelled that right – the tendency of small critters to look cuuute with big heads and eyes – like pandas and babies and kittens – but I think that’s supposed to explain why helpless small animals are cute – so people are more inclined to take care of them.

All power to the lions!

June 21, 2005 @ 5:55 pm | Comment

What a sad state of affairs when wild animals have to come to the rescue of humans. I thought they were supposed to be the animals, not us. I’m starting to wonder.

Did everyone catch the final paragraph?

“Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people live.”

Good grief.

June 21, 2005 @ 6:55 pm | Comment

And we think we’ve got problems….

June 21, 2005 @ 6:58 pm | Comment

That’s an amazing story. Thanks for posting it.

Let’s not forget that this comes from an area where people actually believe that raping a young virgin will cure them of AIDS.


June 21, 2005 @ 7:50 pm | Comment

1) If there were a god in the sense that you use it, I think the whole kidnapping and beating to force marriage would not happen (this is not rare in this area according to an article I read this morning.)

2) I do not believe that it is this area of Africa that the local people believe in the “raping a virgin to cure AIDS” crap. As I recall it is believed in nations along the west coast of Africa.

June 22, 2005 @ 9:37 am | Comment

Ken I think you’ll find sweeping generalisations sometimes find quite a happy home in the Peking Duck comment sections.

June 22, 2005 @ 11:59 am | Comment

Not to split hairs, Ken, but all of the references I could find on Google about the “virgin cure” referred to southern Africa:

More on-topic, I wonder how many times a similar situation has occurred, but nobody hears about it because the lions eat the girl.

June 22, 2005 @ 12:58 pm | Comment

I know the “virgin cure” belief is found in Kenya, for example.

June 22, 2005 @ 1:27 pm | Comment

Is there a God? Yes, but the medieval philosopher Duns Scotus said: “God doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

June 22, 2005 @ 11:36 pm | Comment

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July 13, 2005 @ 4:22 pm | Comment

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