Afghan women, Author Eric Draper (PD as federal work product)
Many fear the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan will place in jeopardy the advances girls and women have made there in the past 20 years .
If the Taliban resumes control of the country (as now seems inevitable), women are likely again to be penalized for infractions such as failure to wear a burka, leaving home unaccompanied by a male, and adultery . Even music will again be forbidden, since the Prophet Muhammad is thought by some to have criticized the use of musical instruments .
Punishments have, in the past, ranged from beating or flogging, by religious police, to death by stoning .
Radical Islam v. Christianity
The Taliban argues that the harsh restrictions placed on women are meant to revere and protect them. Taliban leaders have, however, been known to engage in human trafficking, selling women into slavery and forced prostitution .
The contrast between Radical Islam and Christianity could not be more clear.
When Christ was confronted with a woman caught in adultery, He defended her against her accusers, then instructed her to go and sin no more (John 8: 3-11).
“…He…said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first’ ” (John 8: 7).
 CNBC, “US withdrawal of troops puts Afghan women’s education in peril” by Richard Engel, 5/3/21, https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/05/03/u-s-withdrawal-of-troops-put-womens-education-in-peril.html.
 Wikipedia, “Women in Afghanistan”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Afghanistan.
 Wikipedia, “Islamic music”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_music.
 Radio Free Europe Radio Library, “Afghan Rights Group Investigating Video of Woman Being Stoned to Death” by Frud Bezhan, 2/3/20, https://www.rferl.org/a/afghan-rights-group-investigates-video-of-woman-being-stoned-to-death/30414665.html.
 Time Magazine, “Lifting the Veil on Taliban Sex Slavery” by Tim McGirk and Shomali Plain, 2/10/02 , http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,201892,00.html.
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