Headlining a Non Event

A story on Fox News caught my eye.  The headline said, “Taliban May Lift Ban on Education for Women.”  I thought to myself, “Wow! Maybe pressure from the Christian West is finally paying off in Muslim countries, which have often been much less amenable to women’s rights than Christian countries.”

Even on Fox News, however, headlines are not always what they appear.  Remember the headline?  It was followed by officials making statements about what they think Taliban might be doing (as in they think might begin to offer women the right to be educated).  After a couple of blissful paragraphs of wishful thinking, the reporter reluctantly reports the truth:

Unfortunately, no one from the Taliban as ever voiced a similar position and recent events make Minister Wardak’s statement seem unbelievable.

What were the recent events in question?  The recent events were physical attacks by Muslim terrorists against schools that allow girls to be educated.  So much for wishful thinking.

Is Islam a Dangerous Religion

To the question of whether Islam is dangerous, I would answer absolutely (strongly agree).  Obviously, as a Christian, I think Islam is spiritually dangerous.  As a citizen of a western (Judeo-Christian) culture, I would also strongly agree that Islam is dangerous because its adherents have a stated goal of eliminating all such non-Muslim peoples.  (Or, if not eliminating them, forcing them to become submitted servants of Islam).  Now, I know that “not all Muslims” believe that way, but, as I have argued here before, such Muslims appear to me to be an irrelevant part of Islam right now because they remain largely silent while the most vocal Muslims indeed have sworn to kill us.  So, if I had participated in this survey, I would have said, “strongly agree.”

Hole in Our War on Terror

Mark Steyn, once again, has hit the nail on the head. This article is clear, to the point, and exactly what more folks ought to be saying.