Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
And these idiots wonder why they get such bad press…
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Everyone in the teeming, tense community of Muslims and Christians just outside Islamabad seems to have a different story about the young girl and the Koran.
The 12-year-old Christian deliberately burned the Muslim holy book, some say. No, she innocently put pages from a non-sacred teaching text into the trash, say others, and nothing was burned. Still another version holds that an older Muslim boy planted pages of the Koran for the cleaning girl to find and then leveled the accusation of desecration because she had spurned him.
The ignorance illustrated here is nothing short of mind-boggling
Amid the conflicting claims, this much is certain: As many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer.
The girl, who authorities have described as mentally challenged, sits in jail in Rawalpindi, charged by police with blasphemy, while her family has been put in federal protective custody. The evidence against her is muddled at best, but police said they arrested her in part to assuage the mob and also because they knew she would be safer in jail.
So much for the allegations that Is-Lame is the ‘religion of peace’.
Sallying forth with zero evidence but hearsay, one moron was quoted:
“The one who burned the Koran should be burned,” said Shaukhat Ali, an assistant at the local mosque, expressing a sentiment shared by many Muslims in the community.
And lo and behold, these blasphemy laws are being abused! I wish I could say I was shocked or surprised.
Under Pakistani law, those found guilty of defaming the Islamic prophet Muhammad face the death penalty, while defiling the Koran can bring a life sentence. The case of the girl is the fourth in recent months to alarm human rights advocates, who say the law is frequently used to persecute Christians and also has been unfairly applied to the mentally ill — including some Muslims.
Liberal-to-moderate Pakistanis see the rise in blasphemy allegations as a reflection of a dangerous ascent of extremism and anti-Western sentiment throughout society.
Took you long enough.
“Most of the people consider the Christians here to represent the West,” said Paul Bhatti, who heads the Ministry of National Harmony — a post created after his younger brother, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic and minority affairs minister, was assassinated last year by the Pakistani Taliban for advocating reform of the blasphemy laws.
An idiotic opinion, since Christianity was born in that particular sandy part of hell called the Middle East.
Shahbaz Bhatti was the second prominent politician killed in 2011 for his opposition to the laws: Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was gunned down by a member of his security retinue who immediately confessed and was widely celebrated in Pakistan for defending Islam.
The civilized mind reels at the immense idiocy of celebrating the death of a human being because they had the audacity to step up and say, ‘uh, guys….maybe we’re doing something wrong here’.
Christians are easy targets for false claims by accusers with ulterior motives. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari took “serious note” of the girl’s arrest, said a spokesman, who quoted him as saying, “Blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned, but no one will be allowed to misuse the blasphemy law for settling personal scores.”
In a theocracy like Pakistan, that’s a bad joke. More than that, it’s a bad joke in horrible taste.
In an interview Sunday night at his heavily guarded office in Islamabad, Bhatti said such allegations are usually leveled against the poor and the powerless. The 50-year-old physician said he has drawn no firm conclusions about the girl’s case but knows one thing: Even if cleared, she and her family can never return to their home.
This is just too much: maybe it is about time we started burning Talmuds and Korans and Bibles. These ‘holy texts’ aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, and they sure as fuck aren’t worth the rivers of blood that have been spilled over them.
So for the delusionists out there: screw your holy books, screw your little hurt feelings. Whether it takes a decade, or the rest of my life, I will spend considerable time waging a war of ideological attrition, mocking your stupid fucking superstitions, and pissing you off as well as pissing on your precious little books of fables.
Till the next post, then.