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Thursday, April 21, 2005

News From the Religion of Peace

Reuters reports from Pakistan. Link.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Koran was shot dead Wednesday after being chased by an angry crowd.

Ashiq Nabi, in his thirties, was accused of being disrespectful to Islam's holy book and had been in hiding since Monday, a senior police official said.

"Today, a mob spotted him and shot him dead," said Mazahar ul Haq, police chief of Nowshera town, about 100 km (62 miles) west of the capital, Islamabad.

Blasphemy, including desecrating the Koran, is a capital offence in deeply Islamic Pakistan and carries the death sentence, but convictions have always been turned down by high courts because of a lack of evidence.

How far can democracy advance in lands where the people accept that it should be a capital offense to speak contrary to the Koran? This is the philosophy of Bin Laden. Scientific inquiry is blasphemy, and so a society that was very advanced a thousand years ago has stagnated since then. If the Muslim world wants to advance itself and interact with the rest of the world, they will have to accept that they are entitled to their beliefs, but they cannot enforce them on others by force or by threats of death.

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