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’.

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.

  • Art_Vandelay

    What was the joke? Was it even a good joke?

    • Velociraptor

      “Knock knock,”
      – “Who’s there?”
      – “Muhammed, who?”
      “DIE, HERETIC!!!”

  • SansDeus

    we targeted her for making jokes of Islam, and that was enough reason for attacking her.

    Just wait until they hear about the chicken who crossed the road.

    But really, jokes are enough reason to kill? How insecure can you be?

  • Compuholic

    Ahh, the “religion of peace” strikes again. I just hope she is fine and safe. As for the death threat: You know that you are a pathetic looser when the jokes of a little girl can hurt you so deep that you want to kill her.

  • baal

    “I don’t care what jokes are made: killing somebody in reaction to an insult is psychotic. ”
    It’s hard to imagine civilization existing under this standard a generally applicable rule. One of the early gun control laws / crime laws in the U.S. was the ban on dueling. Too many folks were seeing duels (killing) as a ways to solve disputes. It just left them short on males in the 18-35 age range.

  • Gehennah

    While I think that even without religion, people would still find irrational reasons to kill other humans, religion makes it easier because many think that they will be rewarded for their absolutely insane actions.