Godbag kills a woman because he doesn’t think ladies should be involved in politics. Nothing new to see here.
The guy who shot Pakistani human rights advocate Zilla Huma Usman has been implicated in six previous murder cases, but was never convicted because of lack of evidence. If only he were female, he could have been imprisoned, beaten or killed at little more than the word of an upstanding man.
Instead, he was acquitted of killing four sex workers before shooting Usman.
In other godbag-related news, an Alabama man received probation for driving his car into an abortion clinic.
While some wingnuts will go into hysterics over the threat that Islam poses to “Western values” while simultaneously supporting religiously-motivated sexist, homophobic, regressive legislation, at least bed-wetter Dinesh D’Souza is consistent — he can admit that American conservatives and the Taliban have quite a bit in common, and should work together to subjugate women, gays, and other less-than-ideal groups in the name of religion. He blames secularism for pissing off Muslim extremists, and for turning moderate Muslims toward extremism.
For many Western liberals—and even some conservatives—the war on terror is a clash of opposed fundamentalisms: Christian fundamentalism vs. Islamic fundamentalism. So, in this view, Christian and Muslim religious fanatics are once again fighting each other, as they have done in the past.
From this perspective, the best solution is for America to stand up for the principles of secularism and oppose both Muslim fundamentalism and Christian fundamentalism. But in reality secularism is not the solution. Secularism is the problem. It is the West’s agenda of secularism that is alienating traditional Muslims and pushing them toward the radical camp.
Right. Iraqi citizens who have had their country invaded, their homes destroyed, their children slaughtered and their entire lives upended are actually mad because I wear pants and don’t go to church regularly.
Try American dominance, forceful invasions, financial backing of corrupt regimes, bombing the hell out of majority-Muslim countries for decades, interest in oil over human lives, torture, cultural hegemony, and a creeping capitalist economy that puts a McDonald’s in every city and a Pizza Hut next to the pyramids.*
It pisses people off when you kill their children, destroy their countries, force them to evacuate and put them in refugee camps. It pisses people off when you strong-arm other nations to get your way (and to get your oil). It pisses people off when you start preemptive wars across the region in which they live. It pisses people off when you routinely malign their culture, their religion and their way of life as backwards, evil and at odds with modernity. It pisses people off when you wage a religious war against them.
But, yeah, blame the fact that we supposedly don’t rely on religion to justify bigoted legislation and state-sponsored segregation.** Secularism: That’s really the last straw.
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*Yes, there is a Pizza Hut next to the pyramids in Egypt. And a KFC.
**Are we talking about the same country here? Last I checked, the U.S. was one of the most religious nations in the world. If secularism was the problem, you’d think Islamic extremists would go after the Swedes or the Danes.
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