@State_We_re_In Yes, oppression does stem from Islam, as it does from all the Abrahamic faiths. You are making a common error in assessment in which you conclude that those who don’t practice the complete set of instructions in any given “holy” book are somehow a great example of how a religion can be expressed. This error is seen in assessing the practice of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
The Taliban, al Qaeda, Ultra Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians are all examples of those who try to follow most closely to their scriptures. The larger world — the non-religious, those looking at another faith from the perspective of adherence to a different religion, and the more moderate practitioners of each faith — rightly look askance at the “purists” of a faith. They rightly note that strict adherence to any of a long list of instructions in these scriptures would land a modern person in prison for a long time.
Those who follow any faith more loosely allow themselves to say “hey, I’m not crazy like those extremists!” Yet by their very participation and perpetuation of the faith they make it easier for the extremists to find sanctuary.
These girls, and Muslim women generally, are subject to various levels of subjugation and degradation based on the chauvinistic, misogynistic texts written by ancient goat herds.
To the extent that the girls in the story, or any Afghan girls are getting better schooling than their mother is strictly by dint of the U.S. occupation of their country, and, if I were Mitt Romney, I’d lay a $10,000 bet that this doesn’t hold long after we’ve drawn down our troops.
As it is they have to worry about threats to themselves, their father and their coach, based on the practice of Islamic teachings relevant to their desires for the same freedoms enjoyed by girls in Western cultures.
The decision to say it is anything other than religious oppression can only be called cultural relativism, which is just as odious. Thinking that somehow persons of a different culture do not have the same desire for, or rights to, freedom of thought and from threats based on gender that we wish for for our own daughters is truly twisted logic.
I welcome your thoughts.