A child is born into a family. The responsibility of the family is to provide safety, sustenance, and love to the child so it can grow to maturity. How the child will become an autonomous human being as it grows up may or may not what the family expects or desires. Since the child is responsible for its own destiny, the child is the final judge in these matters.
That is the way of raising a child that sounds good to the Western liberal mindset. That is the way Malala Yousafzai was raised in Pakistan. The Taliban and others didn’t see this as the “proper” way to raise a girl. So in 2012 she was shot in the head at point blank range. This violence inflicted on her for her feistiness for women’s rights did not silence her. This determination and resultant worldwide publicity made her the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Prize.
Even though she no longer lives in Pakistan, she is using the Nobel Prize money to help women back home in their struggles for education and equality. The violent act that was meant to silence her four years ago made her a stronger person. And other girls in situations of forced submission to masculine authority will be motivated to do what Malala did because of this international recognition.
For those of us in the struggle for LGBTI equality, the relationship of Malala’s situation to our own is obvious. There was something that called her to speak out, and it almost killed her. Perhaps she read the Koran and prayed with a trusting heart, hearing what Allah: the Compassionate, the Merciful, was calling her to do. Martin had been to the Mountain and had seen the Promised Land. You may not believe in a Supreme Being, yet be called to do what you can to make the world you live in a better place. If you life is more important than what you are willing to die for, get out of THIS business!
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Roberta A Westerberg, MA *Skickat från min svenska IPad.🇸🇪