I suppose I should consider myself thankful that while we have people in this country who are opposed to vile, liberal plots like the teaching of evolution in public schools and the availability of low-cost birth control, actual terror attacks on the part of radical Christians are pretty few and far between. They generally prefer the more effective and far reaching approach of legislating their discrimination, sexism, and homophobia.
In places like Afghanistan, it’s a different story. The Taliban are still an influence, and they are carrying out attacks against what they perceive to be offenses to their religion … which appears to be anything that doesn’t involve reading from the Koran and killing people who don’t do it the way you think is proper. This time, the brave warriors of Allah struck a blow to the evils of progressivism …
… by attacking an elementary school filled with over 100 girls.
TALIQAN, Afghanistan, May 23 (Reuters) – More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north, Afghan police and education officials said on Wednesday.
The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said that radicals opposed to education of women and girls had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms. Scores of students were left unconscious.
Way to go, guys. If you brainwashed, illiterate cowards are so deathly afraid that people will abandon your backwards religion if they acquire even the most rudimentary ability to think for themselves, then it’s time to find a new god and leave this one in the 11th century where it belongs. I’d be happy if you abandoned the idea of a god altogether, but I’d settle for your conversion to a more moderate version of Islam. Maybe Buddhism; that would be even better. Just pick one that involves meditation or long sessions of prayer and self-reflection because clearly you guys have anger management and control issues that could use some work. Anyway back to the story:
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education said last week that 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban have strong support had been closed down by insurgents.
Last month, 150 schoolgirls were poisoned in Takhar province after they drank contaminated water.
Nothing scares the religious zealot more than education. It’s no surprise; as soon as someone acquires the tools necessary to think critically and interrogate their surroundings using reason and logic as their guide, the vice grip of religious indoctrination begins to falter. Obviously, in places like Afghanistan, the battle between religious fundamentalism and secularism is a bitter one, and bloodshed over the simplest “offenses” is a regular occurrence. However, even in this country there is still a bitter – but far less bloody – fight between those who acknowledge the role of secular education and moral philosophy in our modern society and those who wish to hold back such modernity by forcing religion back into public schools, between a doctor and patient, and into our bedrooms where they supposedly belong.
In either situation, the only possible victor is secularism. It has to be. We’ve already seen what religion does when it controls the government and its people. Christians had their time in the sun with this, now Muslims are having theirs. The outcomes are the same regardless: control, oppression, fear, and ignorance. We can’t afford to go back to that – or remain there in the case of Afghanistan – if we are to survive as a people.