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Saturday, January 08, 2011

More On The Madness Of Muslim–Silencing Dissent Is Always An Ill Portent…

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasisjesusandmofreespeech

Dissent and you will be known. – Arab proverb

One of the more major demarcations of civilized behavior and/or society, is how dissent is treated. If it is tolerated, you have a true marketplace of ideas. If it is viciously squelched, then you have rabid mob rule. If this reaches across other cultures and/or societies, then you have a stampede of mindless intolerance, a hierarchal ochlocracy, and the voices of reason aren’t only shouted down, they’re shot down. Case in point:

Mainstream Pakistan religious organisations applaud killing of Salmaan Taseer

Mumtaz Qadri, who killed Punjab governor, showered with rose petals by lawyers as he arrives in court

The increasing radicalisation of Pakistani society was today laid bare when mainstream religious organisations applauded the murder of Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, earlier this week and his killer was showered with rose petals as he appeared in court.

Taseer was buried in his home town of Lahore. The 66-year-old was assassinated yesterday by Mumtaz Qadri, one of his police bodyguards, after he had campaigned for reform of the law on blasphemy.

Qadri appeared in court, unrepentant, where waiting lawyers threw handfuls of rose petals over him and others in the crowd slapped his back and kissed his cheek as he was led in and out amid heavy security.

The internet had already been hosting fan pages for Qadri, with one Facebook page attracting over 2,000 followers before being taken down, while there were small demonstrations in favour of the killer in north-west Pakistan.

While terrorist acts are generally associated with an extremist fringe, the gunning down of Taseer appeared to have significant support that reached into the heart of society.

All the big mainstream political parties strongly condemned the murder, and thousands attended funeral prayers for Taseer. However, both the large religious political parties declared that he had deserved to be killed for his views.

Reports suggested that Qadri, 26, was a known radical in the police service who had previously been declared by his superiors to be unfit for guarding VIPs. He told interrogators he was proud to have killed a blasphemer.

So not only did this fuck Qadri kill the man he was contracted to protect, he gets the red carpet treatment, and a Facebook page?

Islam has a long list of censorship, which likely doesn’t tie the Catholic church’s record, but it’s catching up with aggressive speed. In fact, the Islamic ‘culture’ is becoming quite famous for this. Salman Rushdie, for instance, has been threatened several times. Taslima Nasrin’s life has been threatened repeatedly, as well as being exiled from her home in India, due to her anti-Islamic views. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has had to go into hiding. Faraq Foda was shot down for daring to speak up. Theo Van Gogh was assassinated for making movies that dared criticize Islam(e).  There’s a sufficiently gut-wrenching list to be found here, but the point stands:

Radical Islam. It’s gotta go.

We will need, however, to slaughter the sacred cow status of religion everywhere, and throw the steaks on the barbecue. No more free passes: there is no supernatural, there never has been. As such, this renders all forms of worship as waste, and all the lives sacrificed to it meaningless.

Till the next post, then.

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