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Disfiguring women in the name of religion

[ Know them by their fruits… When was the last time a Jewish or Christian sect disfigured a woman’s face in the name of their religion? When was the last time members of a church performed female “circumcision” on virgin girls, or decapitated others in the name of their faith, for that matter? Or when did the Jews last endorse cutting off an alleged offender’s hands because he stole a loaf of bread? It is obvious that Islam is a religion of those who are enslaved by fear. It is form of aberrant legalism that is based on seriously flawed and deranged ideas about God. ]

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(TIME Magazine) Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan, many of whom have flourished in the past few years. Her picture is accompanied by a powerful story by our own Aryn Baker on how Afghan women have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban — and how they fear a Taliban revival.

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