Pakistani Taliban bans girls’ schools

Pakistan’s Taliban has ordered girls’ schools to close by Jan. 15 in the Swat region. Buildings will be blown up and schoolgirls attack if the ban is defied, the fundamentalists warned in mosque speeches and radio broadcasts.

“Female education is against Islamic teachings and spreads vulgarity in society,” Shah Dauran, leader of a group that has established control over a large part of Swat district in the North West Frontier Province, declared this week.

Some closed schools have been turned into madrassas, where boys memorize the Koran.

The militants have also prohibited immunisation for children against polio – claiming that the UN-sponsored vaccination drive is aimed at causing sexual impotence – causing a sharp rise in cases of the disease.

Islamic militants have been fighting government forces in the region.  As Pakistan moves more troops to the Indian border, the pressure may ease on the Islamic militants.

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  1. Oh dear. It’s miserable seeing a state destroy itself.

  2. Does mainstream Islam consider groups like this to be heretical? Where’s the fatwa?

  3. Andy Freeman says:

    > Does mainstream Islam consider groups like this to be heretical?

    It doesn’t matter if what the mainstream thinks if they’re not willing to fight such groups.

  4. Aren’t these people pretty much getting what they deserve?

  5. Mark Roulo says:

    Aren’t these people pretty much getting what they deserve?

    You mean the girls who will be killed if they keep going to school?

    -Mark Roulo

  6. Does mainstream Islam consider groups like this to be heretical?

    Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch keeps asking why these “misunderstanders of Islam” are not declared apostate.  (It’s because they are actually the most orthodox, and any such declaration would effectively define its authors as apostates.  In Islam, apostasy is a capital offense.)

    This post is at least mildly topical (the Taliban are the same on both sides of the Afghan/Pakistan border).

  7. Why is anyone surprised by this?

    Dealing with Islam and the Middle East in general is one of the main reasons we don’t have a Lunar Colony and Starbases throughout the solar system by now. The Western World has had to devote a huge amount of its resources to keeping the primitives on Earth at bay – enough resources to hold us back several centuries’ development by now.

    Who knows how far we would have progressed by now if during the Renassiance and Englightment ALL of humanity had gotten on the same, progressive page? Oh well… Maybe next century.

  8. Not totally surprising, but SO sad, and depriving girls or any substantial amount of the population basic education is going to create terrible consequences a generation or two down the line, too.

  9. Andy Freeman says:

    > depriving girls or any substantial amount of the population basic education is going to create terrible consequences a generation or two down the line

    Huh? They’ve been doing this for generations, so they’re already living with the “terrible consequences”. They don’t seem to mind.

  10. Women who go to school and get educated and join the workforce contribute invaluable things to a society that is trying to advance itself and make itself better. The dumbass Islamic societies don’t have any intention of advancing themselves beyond the 12th century, so why should they let the wimmen-folk head off to school? They will only get ideas in their heads and then won’t take orders off of the men-folk after that.

  11. They’ve been doing this for generations, so they’re already living with the “terrible consequences”. They don’t seem to mind.

    More to the point, it’s giving them demographic momentum which will deliver more and more of the world to them (especially as the West allows their excess population to migrate and even collect welfare benefits).

  12. Academic achievement is most closely corelated with the Mother’s educational attainment – enlightened moms=enlightened kids= less “raw” material to carry out jihad. My DH grew up in a Moslem country (he & his family were not). Take the poor white Southern “crackers” plus what you find in Appalachia – this is the everyday folk in the Middle East.

  13. Mea Culpa! Please excuse the lack of spell check in the comment above.

  14. Richard Aubrey says:

    Maybe it’s not the Christian fundies who are keeping the women barefoot, pregnant, and ignorant.
    But it’s the Christian fundies who get the condemnation.
    Maybe they should start blowing stuff up. Get some respect.

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