That is from the newly re-instated yet still utterly reprehensible Islamic Awakening forum where they think it hilarious. I found it very disturbing. Brainwashed? Like all that rocking back and forward in the madrassah reciting the Qu’ran endlessly isn’t just that very thing? There are certain areas of science the Muslims got to before the West. That aspect of psychology is definitely one. The association of words with a specific physical movement is astonishingly effective, when repeated, at imprinting ideas. Hence rosary beads and all the rest. So maybe they didn’t quite get there first exactly but they did get there in spades.
How else would any family decide to kill their daughter unless they were the Manson Family?
I would not be surprised if this happened in the UK. I am shocked at it happening in the USA. It could, as the IA mob seem to suggest, be a put-up job but that girl looked genuinely scared to me so by any stretch it is not something to find amusement in. I don’t care about religion myself but I care deeply about religious freedom and a 17 year old is mature enough to form her own ideas. By the time she is 27 or 37 those ideas might be different. That happens a lot too.
My favourite of Aesop’s Fables is this one. The Sun and the Wind had a bet over whether they could get this guy to get his coat off. Well, the Wind went first and blew and blew and he merely wrapped it around himself tighter. The Sun then turned the thermostat up. And after a while of course he took his coat off.
I read that as a very small kid and it stuck.
I have no time for religions that base their attraction on fear rather than love.
PS Note that Islamic Awakening Forums use the same Orwell quote as a tagline as does Harry’s Place. That is their only similarity.