Killed for Ripping the Koran
By Micah Halpern
Thursday July 5, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Yesterday in Pakistan a man was dragged from a police station by thousands of people. He was beaten and then set on fire. It is not clear exactly when he died.
The man had been arrested for desecrating the Koran. It was said that he had ripped out several pages.
When the arrest of the man became public, announcements were made in mosques to punish the man who defamed the holy book.
Laws against defaming Islam are very strict in Pakistan. Christians and other non-Muslims live in fear that they will be charged.
Lawyers are frightened and will not take their cases. Judges are intimidated.
Last year two politicians who spoke about liberalizing these laws were murdered.
To a Muslim desecrating a Koran is not simply an insult. One does not turn the other cheek. It is an affront that often results in death. This is not a lone example.
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