Our attitude to the advancement of science and technology can be perceived by how some of my Mullah friends downplayed the effort of YouTube cofounder Jawed Karim. It was the early days of YouTube, and I was between a group of people waxing eloquent about how a young Muslim man created a pioneering technology, when one of the Mullahs interrupted me, “Brother, it’s actually a negative contribution. You see, Karim has created a program that allows the free distribution of immoral content on the web. Can’t you see how YouTube can be so easily misused?”
While the world marches ahead, our Mullahs still argue that TV and the internet are Haraam; they discourage people from blood and organ donation; question all advancements in metaphysics that don’t conform to their worldview, and in general prefer to remain the most steadfast custodians of medievalism.
With an attitude like this, where are we headed?
Sometimes I think that with their aversion to technology, and their fondness for violence, the Mullahs would have found splendid the company of anti-technology anarchist Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber). Alas, he was thrown into jail before somebody could give them this bright idea.