If You Set Yourself on Fire as a Protest, You’re Insane

I’ll show you!  I’ll toast and roast myself! That will teach you….   Heavens.  What madness.

A single mother set herself on fire in Morocco this week after being excluded from a social housing program because she was an unmarried mother, a local government official told Reuters on Wednesday.  Fadwa Laroui, a 25-year-old mother of two, used a flammable liquid to set herself on fire in front of the town hall in Souk Sebt, a central Moroccan town, on Monday, the town’s mayor told Reuters.  A wave of self-immolation crossed North Africa after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in December, catalyzing the uprising which ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power. Laroui, however, is the first woman known to have set herself on fire in protest of social conditions.

If a person is willing to torch herself, why isn’t she willing to abstain from sex?  What madness and insanity.

15 thoughts on “If You Set Yourself on Fire as a Protest, You’re Insane

  1. A very broken, fallen world..who can not see this now? And the worst is yet to come! When God’s “judgments” fall who can stand? But, it is still a “Day” (time) of Grace! God asks for repentance & faith.. (2 Cor. 6:1-2).

    People choose life or death! Sadly, as this poor woman.

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  2. Now, that’s rather uncharitable, Jim! Could it be that someone is brought to such utter despair that she sees no other way out? Why not research the reasons which brought her to this. As in, living in a society which has little or no use for single mothers??? A society that would neither hear her cries nor her pleas but simply condemns? And please, don’t come up with “why isn’t she willing to abstain from sex”. This is so utterly offensive! Are you familiar with the term “rape”!? Again, in a society where women have little or no rights, they also do not decide to have sex – it’s decided for them! At least she didn’t kill anyone else in her final protest! I only hope that there’s someone to take care of her child – she was obviously prevented to do so by her surroundings!

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    • she was obviously prevented? there were no options open to her? i find that impossible to believe- unless we are to think that she is the only woman in the country with no husband and yet a child.

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  3. That’s what I mean! We don’t know the circumstances. Let’s not condemn before those are known? Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am fairly certain that the town she was from in Central Morocco is not a sprawling metropolis with enlightened authorities. This link to googlemaps shows that it consists of about five (!) streets!
    [http://www.mapmonde.org/africa/morocco/province-de-beni-mellal/souk-sebt-des-oulad-nemaa-2634950/]. How much counselling or financial resources would you think a place like that has??? Jim, you are an academic and a pastor. I am sure you are confronted with sometimes very serious problems that people have. And then you also know that they can either be unique, or even if they are of a more general nature, an individual’s response to them may be unique. Is it really so hard to fathom that despair or fear can lead one to an ultimate act? And I would like to reiterate that she did not go on a vengeful killing spree, killing innocent bystanders or what have we – because she was “upset”! Rather than condemn the poor women, look into the circumstances and show compassion!

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    • no- what if she had run into someone and injured someone else? why should other people suffer? it’s about personal responsibility, taking ownership of your life, and not trying to blame any and all circumstances for everything.

      im not inclined to pet people when they are in the process of endangering innocent bystanders.

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  4. Jim, you keep dodging the issues that I raised. Now you are coming up with things that could have happened? She obviously did not set herself afire in the middle of a crowd, on the bus – oh wait, they probably don’t have a bus – or in a social housing complex. Oh wait, she wasn’t allowed in. In short, you are now concerned about things that did not happen! I am concerned, however, about the thing that did happen! A woman was driven to suicide. The only choice left to her was to do it in a memorable way. The woman neither intended by her deed to harm anyone else nor in fact did. If she had, she could have turned herself into a bomb! But such is the nature of self-immolation as protest: not to harm others, only make the ultimate statement. It’s done in open spaces. Be it the Tunesian fruit vendor or the Buddhist monks of many years back. Now you are accusing her of something that did not even happen!? Why are you so upset over this? I want to ask again, is there no room in your heart for compassion for her situation? Here is a bit more background to the circumstances: http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE71M4ZF20110223
    That’s my 2 cts for the day since obviously this isn’t going anywhere. Let’s just hope that her sacrifice was not in vain and that someone somewhere takes notice. Sigh!

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    • i think youve missed the point completely. she set herself of fire in front of a building. unless she sat there (which no one on fire could actually do- the flight instinct is too powerful for that) she could have run into someone else and set them on fire as well. you are free to think she did something noble. i dont.

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  5. Okay, but the Inquisition and other burnings at the stake were fine! As long as you didn’t set the fire yourself … I get it. However, now I am really giving up, not as the poor woman who had real problems, but as in not wanting to waste further time and energy with the verbal sparring that is not going anywhere. And if it had been indeed your point, Jim, to criticize the institution of suicide (which is fine; I’m not a big supporter of it either) – you should have done so without the invective!

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  6. Dr. Jim is a bit insane, but then again so am I. Even more insane are those who think it is their moral duty to comment on blogs or to judge the “moral crudity” of other bloggers from their keyboards around the world. Now that is true insanity. If you want to comment on an open blog that is part of the game, but please don’t take yourself too seriously. Blog on, Dr. West.

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