Malala Yousafzai Is Great And All, But She Isn’t A Christian?

Malala Yousafzai at the Global Education First...
Malala Yousafzai (United Nations)

I just can’t do it.

I was going to write this satirically, but I will not.

I won’t write it because Malala Yousafzai’s remarkable story is filled with strength, hope, and love… the very characteristics of the God that us Christians worship… and too many of my brothers and sisters come armed with Hebrews 11:6.

And I somehow failed to communicate “this is satire” in past articles here, here, and here.

Maybe I should stop trying.

In 2012, when she was 15 years old, Taliban assassins shot Malala in the face and neck because she advocated for women’s education.

In an interview with John Stewart, Malala had this to say:

I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me, but then I said, ‘if he comes what will you do, Malala?’ Then I would reply to myself… ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him,’ but then I said ‘If you take a shoe and hit the Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib, you must not treat others that much with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others, but through peace and through dialogue and through education. Then I said, ‘I’ll tell him how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well,’ and I’ll tell him, ‘that is what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’

If this is not in-step with the God of the universe, then I don’t know what is.

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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  • When you have a radical enemy who acts like a mtanel case, with only murder on his mind, and his very religion requires him to murder you and all of your family, Like communists, you can’t negotiate with him! His religion advocates that he feign agreement then stab him in the back . In the old testament God didn’t demand that the Jews lay down their lives just to TRY to placate those sworn to murder them and their families! Islam must be resisted, and stamped out!