“Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.” – Nicholas Kristof
Last month, the Nigerian Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, abducted over 200 girls from their school in the small town of Chibok. I’m still baffled. Clues unravel, like the video revealing a group of the supposed girls praying. Specifically: One of the girls is shown reciting the opening of the Quran; three express allegiance to Islam; two say they had converted from Christianity.
Kristof says it so adroitly, “The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.” Religious extremism has been the root of most wars and acts of terrorism, to put it broadly. What good is religion when it’s catalyzed many a large-scale violent conflicts? I understand that the majority of believers are not extremists and utilize religion as a form of comfort, meaning, culture…and I wholeheartedly support this. Growing up Jewish, I appreciate the culture, family traditions, and especially the hardships my ancestors endured in the name of being Jewish. But the failure of religious fanatics to blur reality with a literal understanding of texts written thousands of years ago is irrational. Nonsensical. Like the thought that committing violent crimes against those with different beliefs is a form of self salvation.
In the words of Albert Einstein, “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”
Thinking of all of you strong and fearless schoolgirls. #BringBackOurGirls
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