March 12, 2005


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Posted by John at 08:08 AM

January 13, 2005


Adoption


With all the orphaned children from the Tsunami disaster, I thought that the countries involved would be happy to allow people to adopt those without any living relatives. As we have all seen in the news, though, this won't happen.

I thought I'd do a little research into the reasons why. At heart of it, it is a Muslim thing - Muslims do not look upon adoption the same way Americans do. They are very big on blood relatives, and the laws of Islam forbid a woman from not covering her body, hair, etc., in front of a non-related boy, including an 'adopted' son.

In Islam, those sects that allow adoption do not change the family name of the child adopted. Some sects (Sunnis) forbid adoption altogether. An adopted Muslim child does not gain inheritance rights, in fact, he or she is limited to 1/3 or less of the estate.

That's not to say that Muslims are mean to orphans, they are supposed to care for them, according to the Koran.

I suspect that Indonesia and the other Muslim countries who are saying 'no, no, no' to adoption of the thousands of orphans by Westerners are also saying so because they don't want the children to be raised by non-Muslims.

Anyway, it's too bad that their religion is so wrapped up in blood ties that they cannot truly adopt children in the same manner we in the USA can and do adopt.

My references are here, here and here.

Full discosure - I am adopted.

Posted by Beth at 06:52 AM

January 08, 2005


Tsunami Relief comes not from the UN


If you have not been reading Diplomad, you should start now. Find out about the all the stuff the UN is NOT doing to help people in the Tsunami-striken areas.

Posted by Beth at 04:30 PM

December 29, 2004


It's almost incomprehensible


The death toll keeps going up and up and up. There are some good and trustworthy charities out there who will put your donations to good use. Catholic Relief Services, the American Red Cross (you can donate via Amazon.com), and others.

Personally, I would not donate a penny to the United Nations efforts. They have an awful record when it comes to money meant to help people.

Posted by Beth at 07:12 AM