So, I'm trolling the religious news sites (yes, I do that...how else am I to know their position?) and I come across this story about the "persecution" (actually prosecution) of Christians in the Islamic country of Yemen for proselytizing in a country where it is forbidden to do so.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't agree with the dictatorian leadership of Yemen, not one miniscule bit. but seriously, read the article and then get back here......Okay, now, to my point...
The Christian church, so eager to get new converts in a country where it is forbidden is only trying to further its own causes and line its own coffers. Don't try to convert their faith, the women and children of Yemen are in dire, dire circumstances. Christian missionaries use the front of educational and health programs to "spread the good word".
Oh, how about for once you put your money where your damned mouth is and spread the word about education and women's rights so 10 year old little girls like Nujood Ali don't have to escape and take a cross town bus to a courthouse alone and ask for a divorce so she can stop being raped and beaten by her husband!
A new religion is not what Yemen needs. And with all honesty, may I say, whatever religion young Nujood was raised with, her spirit is just fine. I only wish that the people who have taken up her cause help her to the education and free life that she deserves.
If Miss Ali's face isn't enough to make you want to go outside and smile to the sun or moon or feel the rain on your face, go do it anyway, and be glad that you have a choice.
If you feel you don't have a choice....hear me....YOU DO. It may take time, and you may need help, but your mind is your own. Do not let anybody take that.