Jon Stewart interviews Malala Yousafzai, whom the Taliban could not stop

Monday, October 14, 2013

Malala Yousafzai with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show
This amazing six-minute video of Malala Yousafzai’s guest appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show is definitely worth viewing. (And if you’d like to see two more segments of the unedited extended video after you watch Part 1, just click on the arrows with the word “next.”)  In the three segments taken all together, Malala, now living in England, expresses her strong belief in the value of education and why that commitment is viewed as a threat to those who wish to exercise control over others—especially girls and women. She also describes how the Taliban gained power in her beloved Swat Valley in Pakistan through the common pattern of authoritarian groups who use a promise of order as a control mechanism, and she expresses concern about the way her religion is twisted by those who hide under the guise of religious belief while carrying out activities that are contrary to Islam’s principles. Malala is strong in her passion for the equality of males and females and courageous in her activism for women’s rights.  Those who hear her speak or read her writings can’t help but be moved by her dedication to promoting peace, eschewing violence, and returning good for evil. Related. Jon Stewart expressed astonishment and was virtually speechless in view of the wisdom of this 16-year-old, and yet there is resentment of Malala back in Pakistan.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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