Since the shootings in San Bernardino, California, bigoted rhetoric in the media and in the political sphere has forced some Muslims to defend their right to worship. But this week, one young woman stepped forward in a big way.
Malala Yousafzai received a Nobel Peace Prize last year at the age of 17 for her advocacy on the behalf of girls and women in her home country of Pakistan. In a recent interview with the United Kingdom's Channel 4, she was asked about some of the things being said about Islam in the wake of terrorist attacks around the world. She quickly took the opportunity to shed light on a big issue.
"The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create," she said. "It's important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it. If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalize more terrorists."
It wasn't the last time Yousafzai has had some wise and poignant words about the matter, either. This week, at a ceremony to honor the 134 children who were killed in the Taliban attack of a school a year ago, Yousafzai again spoke about the best ways to combat terrorism.
"If we want to end terrorism we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of terrorism mentality and of hatred."
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