Two stories from Pakistan:
(1) Pakistani police say at least one person has died after a string of bombs exploded Monday in the southern city of Karachi.At least 25 others were injured when six small bombs were detonated within an hour of each other in neighborhoods dominated by ethnic Pashtuns.
(2) A banquet fit for a ‘martyr’, this is how one of the July 7 suicide bombers was remembered today. On the third anniversary of the terror attacks which killed 52 people and injured many more, the family of Shehzad Tanweer held a party to ‘celebrate his life’ and ‘remember him as a martyr’.
Religion fucks things up and makes people do evil things. In the modern world this is most easily seen in the case of Islam, but the the other major religion also cause evil although it is usually a bit more subtle.
While it is quite hard for Britain to change how people think throughout the world, it is a lot easier for us to change how people think in Britain. One of the most effective ways is with children through the education system.
Which is why stories like this are disheartening:
A council has withdrawn books for an anti-homophobia programme at two primary schools following an outcry from predominantly Muslim parents. Bristol City Council said it temporarily removed books and teaching materials at Easton Primary School and Bannerman Road Community School.
Farooq Siddique, community development officer for Bristol Muslim Cultural Society and a governor at Bannerman Road, said many schoolchildren, 70% of whom are Muslim, were too young to define heterosexuality and homosexuality. He said: “The agenda was to reduce homophobic bullying, and all the parents said they were not against that side of it, but families were saying to us ‘Our child is coming home and talking about same-sex relationships, when we haven’t even talked about heterosexual relationships with them yet.’
“In Islam homosexual relationships are not acceptable, as they are not in Christianity and many other religions, but the main issue is that they didn’t bother to consult with parents. There was no option to withdraw the child.”
Siddique would presumably not complain that a school was teaching kids calculus before their parents had had a chance to explain algebra to them, so why is he (and some parents) bothered about the school talking about homosexuality? I’d say it’s because he and those parents disapprove of homosexuality. Since kids often get their attitudes from their parents, it’s therefore likely those those kids will grow up to disapprove of gays. Therefore the kids whose parents don’t want the school to talk about homosexuality are the verey ones who are most likely to become homophobic bullies! What the school should have done is kept the lessons and if some parents didn’t like it, they would be told that their attitudes are bigotted and unacceptable.