Ben Affleck defends Islam

Ben Affleck as Batman? This is a joke right? Affleck as the fighter of injustice? Well it seems like that casting may have been spot on. As per the video a visibly disgusted Affleck reigned in on Bill maher and Sam Harris’s ‘bigoted’ view on Islam.

He argued that the acts of a minority under so called religious pretences can not lead them to generalise all Muslims. As Affleck said: “how about more than a billion people who aren’t fanatical, who don’t punch women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, pray five times a day.. ‘.

Fighter for justice indeed. It’s an interesting point that we seem to cross a lot. Do the act of a minority, lead us to a judgment on an entire group of people as a whole? Do the actions of Al Qaeda and ISIS lead people to believe that all Muslims hold similar values? Some of the other panelists on Maher’s show also made a valid point that there are Muslims who are doing great positive work – but where is the media coverage?

One poll which Maher mentioned was that in Egypt “90% believe death is the appropriate response to leaving the religion “. First of all Egypt does not speak for Islam, it speaks for Egyptians. Secondly the poll fact was incorrect and was actually 64%. Still a high percentage and in complete contradiction to the teachings of Islam.

In a world were the majority are not heard and the minority are sensionalised, it’s perhaps a sign of the times that sometimes it takes a Hollywood celebrity to defend Islam and be heard! And hats of, defend he did…we now know who we’l be supporting when Superman takes on Batman.

See the video below


Malala Yousafzai makes History

Today, Friday 10th October 2014 represents a significant landmark in the 57 year history of the state of Pakistan. For the 2nd time only, a Pakistani has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of just 17, Malala Yousafzai stands as the youngest ever recipient of the prize for her internationally renowned contribution to child education.

The overall literacy rate in Pakistan is 46 per cent, while only 26 per cent of girls are literate. Malala Yousafzai while living in Pakistan generated considerable attention for promoting the need of education for Pakistani girls. Having being blacklisted by the Taliban, she miraculously survived an assassination attempt, following a gunshot wound to her head.

Despite this, since arriving in England, Malala has continued to actively speak out against the extremist voices in Pakistan that go as far as calling female education ‘haram’. Her speech in July 2013 at the United Nations General Assembly brought international acclaim for her defiance in the face of death threats and attempts – to instead speak out for female education in a country emboldened by extremism through a hardline interpretation of Islam.

Malala’s path has not been an easy one. She encapsulates Malcolm X’s statement that “if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” This is reflected in her own words, where Malala says “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”. We at thevoicetoday, appreciate the power and value of this statement, where we believe everyone of us has an obligation to stand up and use our voices to create a better today so we can build a promising future for tomorrow.