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A Woman's Place


Monday, June 02, 2008 

The aftershocks of the devastating earthquake in China have evidently spread to the desolate hinterlands of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, turning over a large rock to once again expose that paragon of brotherly love and peace, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The number two snake of al Qaeda has been taking questions from his adoring fans and answering them on the internet, and according to
this article from CNN online, he has responded to a question about women in al Qaeda, thundering from on high his pronouncement of the role of women in his group: stay home, have babies, and take care of the swine who go forth to murder the innocent. Well, that's not quite what he said; I sort of used a bit of expressional license on the last part, but that's his real message.

The amazing part is that women in the radical Islamic world are clamoring for the right for equality: they want to become ruthless murderers just like the men. In Iraq, women have either carried out or attempted at least 20 suicide bombings since 2003.

Gender equality is a wonderful thing.

Not a day goes by that I don't shake my head in complete amazement at the actions of those who claim their religion is one of peace, and yet endorse the most horrific acts of violence against those who don't share their beliefs. Not a week goes by without some newspaper account of something that has resulted in "Muslim outrage."

Well, I'm outraged, too. I'm outraged by those who believe their beliefs give them the right and duty to kill me. I'm outraged by those - regardless of belief - whose rigid intolerance for any other form of religious belief leads them to commit terrible acts in the name of God. I'm outraged by those who mine the Koran for exhortations to murder and intolerance. Renaissance dramatist and poet Ben Johnson once said, "There are some men born only to suck out the poison of books." Mr Johnson died in 1637, but his words ring true today.

I just wish those who suck the poison from the Koran or the Bible or whatever "holy" book they choose would kill only themselves. It would make the world a much better place.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


Posted by Bilbo at 5:50 AM


Labels: Rantings, Religion, Terrorism and Fanaticism



The Mistress of the Dark said...

I doubt their book of god really tells them its fine to kill anyone, just as the Christian Bible doesn't do so..but then there was the Spanish one expected that.

6:42 AM 

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