Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Dispatch From the Religion of Peace

The tolerance and peacefulness of Islam is on display in Pakistan this week, were a prominent politician was assasinated, gunned down in a rain of 14 bullets by his own bodyguard from a distance of 6 feet. And how do local religious leaders characterize this brutal slaying?
The (five hundred Pakistani religious) scholars praised the "courage" and religious zeal of the killer, saying his action had made Muslims around the world proud.
There's a religion of peace for you. And the "crime" for which he was slaughtered?
Taseer, a liberal politician close to President Asif Ali Zardari, had championed the cause of a Christian woman sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws which critics say are used to target religious minorities, often to settle personal scores.
But the "scholars" aren't content to merely celebrate this man's murder. They actually have the temerity to warn people not to grieve his death, lest they be gently sent to join him:
Five hundred Pakistani religious scholars said that anyone who expressed grief over the assassination of Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, could suffer the same fate.
That's quite a heartwarming religion they've got going over there.


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