On October 9, 2012, the Taliban stopped a school bus in the Swat district of Pakistan and shot Malala Yousafzai in the head promising to shoot her again if she survived. The Taliban targeted Malala because she advocates educating females. Although Malala was not the first to have been harmed by the religiously misogynistic, her shooting sent shock waves around the globe. The incident once again proved that the Taliban is more brutal than most.
It seems obvious to me that religious misogyny, whether it comes from the Taliban or from men of faiths other than Islam, is based on misunderstandings and misinterpretations of scripture. These men are furthering their own anti-female agenda, not God’s.
I am not a theologian, but I do have logic. Logic tells me that God could never have meant nor wanted to keep women uneducated and unthinking. Since God created females with the ability to think and learn (just as God created males), then females are supposed to think and learn. It’s that simple.
If you’re not convinced, there’s more logic. God created females as God meant them to be. Unlike man, God doesn’t make mistakes, and certainly doesn’t make mistakes requiring man to rectify them. But man has been known to make a mistake or two. For example, it seems a huge mistake for man to try to undo what God has done, or try to do what God could have done, but chose not to do.
A word of caution to the religiously misogynistic. Hurting, maiming and killing girls, like Malala, for striving to live in accordance with God’s plan is unacceptable in this world, and I posit will be unacceptable in the next. Last I heard, blasphemy is a punishable offense in the hereafter.
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