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Same story throughout much of the Middle East – fear of sectarian and racist (and nationalistic) reprisals for promoting secular society. Every civilization must remove the high priests (religion) from power before they can move forward with the still noble and worthy Enlightenment project.


In Pakistan, grim reminders of the state’s reticence to right wrongs are never in short supply. In two separate incidents on July 4, a mentally handicapped middle-aged man accused of burning a Koran was murdered by a mob as police watched; meanwhile, a young social worker was gunned down for advocating women’s rights. No arrests have been made in either case — nor are any expected.

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