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Jul 16 2013

Malala Speaks to the UN

Malala Yousafzi, the courageous young lady who was shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for women, gave a speech to student delegates at the United Nations. Yeah, it’s full of religious language, but I don’t care. I couldn’t get through this without tears and I bet you won’t either.

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  1. 1
    D. C. Sessions

    Yeah, it’s full of religious language

    In itself, that’s not a problem. Religion is a cultural tool (in addition to its other roles) and provides us with essential tools for communicating cuture. Without cultural shorthand we’d spend forever discussing far too many things. Look at how many Shakespearian references we use all the time, and then compare the vastly larger body of religious literature that we’ve accumulated over time.

    “Herculean efforts.”
    “Handed down on stone tablets”
    “Walking on water”
    “Syssiphean task”
    “And <person> was enlightened”
    “Snake in the garden”

    Etc. etc. etc.

  2. 2
    blf

    This is the article that got to me, Malala Yousafzai’s diary inspires other Pashtun girls yearning for education: “The words of a young girl whose determination to go to school made her a target for the Taliban has made others eager to learn”.

  3. 3
    Crudely Wrott

    Rarely have I been so moved as I was listening to this brave child speaking in a world forum and declaring that the jihadists are desperately afraid of her and what she stands for.

    She has laid them bare. She has, by virtue of her survival, grown larger than the Taliban and the cowardly bombers.

    By simply stating obvious truth, as the young are so delightfully prone to do, she has unmasked the underlying motivation of religious fanatics not only of the Muslim stripe but by extension those of all other persuasions.

    What she has done is no less than point out that the fundamental basis of all religion is simple fear. She accomplishes this by rising above her own fear and the horrid attempt by frightened little acolytes to murder her.

    My hope, shared by a growing number of people worldwide, is that she will be a standard and a standard bearer against the trembling, grovelling, sniveling minions of ignorance and fear the world over.

    The world is a bit brighter now.

  4. 4
    grumpyoldfart

    Will the UN act on that speech? I think not.

  5. 5
    drizzt

    Saw it on TV a few days ago, now THAT takes courage… even in Great Britain, which has a non-negligible Muslim population.

    NB : I know she didn’t speak in GB but she lives there.

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