I rarely use the word evil. But when I read that the Taliban had gunned down 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, and two other girls in Karachi, Pakistan I could not find another word. The girls were not murdered, but Ms. Yousafzai remains in serious condition.
Malala, recipient of international recognition for her courage, is an extraordinary young woman who has spoken out about her passion for education of girls in defiance of the Taliban since she was 11. A spokesman for the Taliban confirmed that they attacked her because her support for the right to education is an ‘obscenity’.
If evil is an unholy combination of fear, power, and the arrogance of righteousness, then the safety of women all over the planet is in jeopardy. In some countries, those who would control women have to murder us to silence us. In our country, men raping and beating women every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year in every town, city, and state seems to do the job.