Islamic militants call for more attacks on schools.

This is disgusting.

The leader of Nigeria‘s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has called for more attacks against schools, describing western education as a “plot against Islam”, in a video released days after his fighters killed 46 students in an assault on a dorm.

In the 15-minute recording released at the weekend, Abubakar Shekau said schools would continue to be targeted “until our last breath”.

“Teachers who teach western education? We will kill them! We will kill them in front of their students, and tell the students to henceforth study the Qur’an,” he said, gesticulating energetically while dressed in military fatigues and a traditional hat.

When education is a threat to your religion, it’s time to ditch your religion.  We shouldn’t keep people ignorant just so your beliefs can live.  And the irony?  This guy really believes he’s making the world a better place by killing those who would educate people.

You may say that these people are an isolated incident, but they’re not.  Not entirely.  There are countless nations saturated with religion where the faithful commonly oppose education for fear that it could lead people away from the faith.  Many Islamic nations have this issue.  Hell, many Christians in the United States attempt at every step to purge information from schools that could conflict with their religion.

The guns and threats only make these radicals more immediately dangerous than their faith-heavy counterparts the world over who fear what education can do to their faith, and then wonder why atheists like myself so ardently oppose them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

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