Ok, I know she has been discussed on this forum quite a while ago.
But I recently came across her interview in Vogue (I "borrowed" it from my lab-mate and read it during lunch.. ). Her interview provoked me to look her up on wikipedia.
Here's the link:
She seems to ask questions which anyone of us in western world would surely ask ourselves and she dared to break the shackles binding her, things which a large number of people in her position can probably never do.
While at places she seemed to be on one side of the spectrum and go overboard in her opposition of Islam, at the other it all seems justifiable given her liberal thoughts and her original situation. At the end of it all, she comes across a lonely woman, wanting the same things that any one of us wants - love, marriage and companionship.
While I would like to know the opinion of people who have heard her, I would also like to invite opinion of people in the US, especially since she has been in US for the past year.
But towards the end of it all, I seem to ponder upon a few questions -
Why does organized religion, if they do think they are the "right" ones, finds it so hard to fathom any criticism? Why can't any one of them give sane logical answers to their critiques rather than brandishing violence?
When the fundamental values cherished by humanity are so easily understandable in this day and age - Right to opinion, Right to free-speech and right to equality, and when all major religions fall over one another explaining how these rights are enshrined in their philosophy, why the opposition to criticism?