Taliban would try to kill Malala Yousafzai again.

Get ready to go back to the morning happiness post.  You’ll need it after this quote:

“We targeted Malala Yousafzai because she attacked Islam and make a jokes on Islam, if we found her again then we would definitely try to kill her and will feel proud on her death,” Shahidullah Shahid told ABC News. “We didn’t target her for spreading education in her area, we targeted her for making jokes of Islam, and that was enough reason for attacking her.”

Malala was 11 years old when she took a stand against the Taliban, who had issued an edict that all girls’ schools should be closed. She began advocating for the right to go to school, writing an anonymous blog for the BBC and appearing in a New York Times documentary.

I don’t care what jokes are made: killing somebody in reaction to an insult is psychotic.  If you think that insulting you is a greater crime than killing someone, your moral priorities have twisted you into something that only barely resembles humanity.  Sadly, faith has proven throughout the ages that it has that power…

And as for religion making people better, ask yourselves if this type of madness would still exist if we removed Islam and its influence from the Middle East.

So what is the proper reaction?  Is it to not criticize the products of Islam, the tenets of Islam, and to stop making jokes for fear of violence?  Or is it to say no: we can talk about these things, but you don’t get your way because you have a weapon?  My answer can be found in the following quip: scientists have invented a time-travel device that can transport entire societies back to the 7th century. They’re calling it ‘Islam’.

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