Friday, January 05, 2007

Education Controversy

With all the great posts on the subject already, it's hard to imagine that an even better one could be written, but I think that Tobie sums up perfectly some of the reasons why so many of us are so upset over it. Here's an excerpt, but be sure to read the whole thing:
Here's the thing. It's not the sexism or close-mindedness of this decision that offends me. ...

No, what makes me most angry about this decision is not what they are doing to their women, but what they are doing to my religion. See, my religion is a beautiful one. It loves and respects knowledge, idolizes truth, and considers women equally valuable human beings. It is full of strong, educated women and plenty of people who explore all areas of knowledge without getting hysterical or paranoid that they might ever hear a drop of a philosophy that does not perfectly match their own. And what these people are doing is not simply to themselves but to my religion. My religion has been hijacked by their close-mindedness and taken to strange and ugly countries that I and most of the other passengers had not interest in visiting.