UPDATE 2: Here’s the link of the extended interview for Canada, though it won’t work in the U.S.
UPDATE 1: Someone named “Iggy” tried to leave this comment below:
Sorry, I can’t take her seriously with that nasty headscarf she’s wearing, a symbol of subjugation, superstition and ignorance.
I deplore this kind of behavior by atheists: it implies that religious people can’t be “taken seriously” in anything they say or do, simply because they’re religious. (And we don’t know how religious Malala really is, anyway.)
Yes, religion is superstition, but to not take Malala’s actions seriously (which were, of course, designed to fight religious superstition), or to refuse to admire her courage, simply because she wears a headscarf or has Muslim beliefs, is a form of contrarianism that is both odious and counterproductive. If anything reduces the effectiveness of atheists, it is dumb comments like the above.
Over at the Daily Show website, Jon Stewart has a three-part interview with 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai. You’ll remember her as the courageous Pakistani girl who, a year ago today, was shot by the Taliban as she was coming home from school—an activity prohibited for females by the Taliban. Critically wounded in the head and neck, Malala managed to survive and continues to tell her story, which you can read in a new book. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. The title is a bit infelicitious, but her story is amazing: she blogged for the BBC before she was shot, for instance, and received death threats that she ignored.
The interview is in three parts, totaling roughly 18 minutes. Do watch it all; she is eloquent, remarkable, and a true role model. If you don’t have 18 minutes, watch the first part.
She’ll go far. Rumors are that she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and we’ll know soon if she gets it. The links are below; I hope you can see them outside the U.S. If you can’t, there’s a great two-minute excerpt on YouTube.
Here’s a screenshot:
And remember—she’s only 15!