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Judaism Was Founded By Abraham, Not Noah, A Man Who Sat Idly By


This week, the world has been mesmerized by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl who was targeted and shot by the Taliban for publicly criticizing them and their educational policies regarding girls. As you probably know by now, she was airlifted from Pakistan to the U.K. for treatment of her wounds. Although the crime would normally have surely killed her, it seems that she has miraculously been making a good recovery in hospital and may even have a chance of full recovery at some time in the future. True to form, the Taliban is very angry about this incident. Not because they almost murdered an innocent teenage girl, but because they feel they have been unfairly treated in the press. Although it seems clear that she was shot for advocating for girls' education, the Taliban proclaim that they quite rightly targeted her for being a “spy of the west” and that they were correctly interpreting Sharia law which they say permits “killing of a child if that child is propagating against Islam.” I won't even begin to bore you with the number of blogs and media postings I read that did not exactly justify the shooting, but seemed to find a kind of moral equivalence, or at least a sort of justification for the actions of the Taliban by explaining their extremism as some kind of legitimate response to the phenomenon of U.S. drones in Pakistan. As you can see from their own response to the attempted murder, they don't make that moral equivalence themselves, so I don't see why so many people in this country are so eager to make it for them.

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