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The Inspirational Afghan Diva

A young woman, known as Elaha, has braved death threats to mesmerize audiences on "Afghan Star," the country's version of "American Idol." The Taliban and religious leaders believe that the television program is immoral.

"Elaha" is Persian for Goddess. Despite the threats from outsiders and the objections of her conservative family, Elaha strives to live her dreams and refuses to give up.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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