We all like to think that we have the strength of our convictions, even in the face of danger or possibly death. We want to think that if we were in a situation where we could make a difference, we would step up and be the ones who lead the charge. It’s easy enough to say. But the reality is that it’s easy enough to say, but the truth is that people are pretty cowardly in general. It’s only in the face of real adversity that we get to find out what we’re made of. The thing about me is that I’ve been dead before. I have a death wish. Still, I don’t know if I would be able to speak truth to power, knowing that there is a very real risk of power finding me and killing me. Most of you will probably say you would.
Then you get to see someone who actually does speak truth to power, knowing that their life is in danger. In this case, it is a news woman named Nadine Al-Budair. She’s a Saudi news anchor, who decided to do a neat little editorial where she spoke truth about the problem with terrorism, and spat in the face of the regressive left’s idea that terrorism is no fault of Islam. What she has done takes incredible courage, so here is her video.
That’s incredible. This woman has more guts than most anyone I will ever see. The reality is that this piece of editorializing could end up getting her killed. The Muslim world has shown itself to not be very nice about statements that show the darker side of their religion. And they have shown that women who speak this way can be in real danger. This woman’s life could be in jeopardy. However, knowing the risk, she came out and decided to say something that needed to be said – that the regressive-left’s fight to show that Islam has no connection to terrorism is ridiculous.
She acknowledges that this isn’t as simple as Muslim = evil. There is more to it than that. But the reality is pretty much all the people who are committing terrorist acts in the name of religion are associated with Islam. Her perspective of coming from this culture beats the shit out of the regressive left, who wants to speak for these people. She’s grown up in it. She’s a part of it. This is a life that she knows first-hand. So none of the people who want to speak for her and hers have no right to claim that they know better. Seeing this perspective was pretty interesting. It shows that the politics of the religion are very complicated.
When I see the regressive-left make sport of the comments of people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has been very open about her perspective of the faith. For all their talk about wanting to give other people voices, it is only when the voices agree with them. Meanwhile, there are Kurdish women who are currently fighting a war with ISIS. A war that, if they lose, they could end up as sex slaves for the men who defeat them. Women in real danger, all the time, because of this religion which supposedly has no problems. I’ve watched people on the regressive-left apologize for ISIS too. It’s fucking bizarre. When SyeTenAtheist made his video about how similar Islamism and feminism are (linked here), there’s a reason. It’s time that we stop apologizing for people and start trying to examine the nuance of the situation. Because this is getting insane.
In the meantime, Nadine, your courage is an inspiration. I hope that nothing bad happens to you. I’m some nobody on WordPress, but I wish you the very best, and I wish more people had the brass balls (figuratively speaking) that you do. Have a good day.
Until next time, a quote,
“Let us pray not be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless when facing them.” -Rabindranath Tagore