On May 9, 2014, Bill Maher discussed Boko Haram and focused on what he believed was the most important aspect of the story: the religion of Islam itself influences this kind of brutality and is therefore a serious problem.
"There is no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do, because I think that's the elephant in the room. And in that religion at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often as property. Shouldn't that be brought to light in this debate as well?"Women are treated as if they were property because that is how they are defined by Islam. For example, if a young girl runs away from home to marry her true love, she has in effect stolen the property that is herself from her family and the family will often try to kill her to negate the theft and to assuage the shame and humiliation suffered by the family for not being in full control of their daughter’s body as is required by Islam. In this way, Islamic doctrine is utterly materialistic and control of the body is everything.
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