News reports are filled with statistics about how many women are infected with the HPV virus (approximately one in four between ages 15 and 59), which can cause cervical cancer. Check out the headlines: “1 in 4 US Women Infected With Cervical Cancer Virus;” and “Millions In US Infected With HPV Virus.” Buried in these articles is the fact that the viruses rarely cause cervical cancer, and the vaccine does not prevent all incidents of cervical cancer.
The Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of an election system which allows the top two winners in the primaries to advance, even if they are of the same political party. The Supreme Court initially struck down a similar scheme, holding that it violates the rights of “political parties.” The pachyderm hates to ask: Where in the Constitution do political parties have rights? States are quite free, under the Constitution, to fashion electoral systems as they please, so long as they do not disenfranchise people.
A man who raped a woman in the early ’80s tracked her down and apologised to her. She contacted the local police; as felonies do not have a statute of limitations in Virginia, he was prosecuted. Despite an email stating, “I raped you,” prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to aggravated sexual assault. Christians who heard about the case say that she should forgive him; she says that forgiveness does not preclude justice.
If men who confess to raping women only get two years, how can we really be a society that treats rape as the crime it is – second only to murder? Also, when are forgiveness and regulation of civilised life mutually exclusive?