The Rogue Speaks:
One spring and summer, back in the 50's, a polio epidemic broke out in America. We were young--in grammar school--and polio was horribly frightening to our parents. We stayed at home, and were not allowed to go to Sunday school, or play with our friends. We were not allowed to leave our yards, until the epidemic had ended.
Thanks to the work of Drs. Salk and Sabin, polio has been eradicated in America, and actually in most of the world, except Pakistan. There is a polio epidemic in Pakistan, and the World Health Organization sent health-care workers there to administer the polio vaccine in order to save the lives of children and adults. Most of those workers are women, who went door to door administering the liquid vaccine to children.
So far, more than eight of those workers have been shot by a militant extremist group, namely the Taliban, who is certain that the immunization is a plot by the CIA to either kill or sterilize the Pakistani people. The United Nations has suspended the vaccinations on Wednesday, even though polio is endemic to Pakistan, and the country now suffers a serious health crisis.
The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist religious/political group that is found primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Muslim groups who interpret Islam in a kind and gentle way have been highly critical of the Taliban and its interpretation of Islamic law, and especially of its brutal treatment of women. Recently, a 15 year old girl, Malala Yousufzai, was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for girls.
There are many fundamentalist political/religious groups in the world today, and they are not all followers of Islam. In my opinion, any fundamentalist group who has no tolerance for the beliefs of others, and who seeks to control an entire population and spew disdain and hatred in the face of any people who would not be controlled by them and follow their way of life should be driven out of existence. There will never be Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men as long as anyone is persecuted in the name of religion.
That's my view, and I'm stickin' to it! Now I'm going out to cut pine boughs for my mantle. I'm hoping it will hide the pet odors that now seem to be everywhere in my house. Rod thinks is just my imagination.
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