Afghanistan's Taliban rulers on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. In an act of solidarity with female colleagues, the TOLOnews channel's male personnel covered their faces with masks. Earlier this month, the Taliban ordered all women in public to wear head-to-toe clothing that leaves only their eyes visible. The Taliban leadership has also barred girls from attending school after the sixth grade.
Class discussion: What do you think of forcing women to cover their faces? Why is the Taliban imposing rules to bar women from education and force them to obey their male “guardians”? Should religion treat men and women differently? Is it wrong to judge what happens in other cultures and countries? Why or why not? Would it be wrong to criticize a country practicing slavery or genocide? Should nations base their laws on religious beliefs? Should people be allowed to disagree on religion?
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