Even in the atheist community that prides itself on intellectualism, we often speak for and even instead of Muslims and Ex-Muslims. We have a listening problem. Sadaf Ali, who helped found Ex-Muslims of North America, nails it…
The Girl Shot by the Taliban, Becomes a Global Icon
Not what the Taliban had in mind.
The unfolding story of Malala Yousafzai comes with an inspirational quote:
“If Pakistan has a future, it is embodied in Malala Yousafzai,” the editorial reads. “Malala has shown more courage in facing down the Taliban than Pakistan’s government and its military leaders …. The murderous violence against one girl was committed against the whole Pakistani society. The Taliban cannot be allowed to win this vicious campaign against girls, learning and tolerance. Otherwise, there is no future for that nation.”
And this quote:
“the global struggle for gender equality is the paramount moral struggle of this century, equivalent to the campaigns against slavery in the 19th century and against totalitarianism in the 20th century.”
You’d think religious extremists would understand martyrdom. :-/
I love this girl. How could you not? And her story evoked my favorite quote from any media source this whole year:
Religious extremists all make the same mistake. They all fail to understand that all of the foundational holy books of major religions -all of them- have really really crazy dangerous stuff in them; stuff that was written by men, men who were not just fallible, but men who were wrong.
There is also this gem:
There is not one follower of the holy Bible left on Earth who believes there should be a death penalty for not observing the sabbath.