This is sorta/kinda happy news. A Muslim cleric in Pakistan has been arrested and charged for trying to frame a Christian girl for “blasphemy”. The cleric, Khalid Jadoon, who is a tremendous goat blower and should be pissed on, ripped pages out of the Quran and put them in the girl’s bag, which “triggered an exodus of several hundred Christians from her poor village after mosques reported over their loudspeakers what the girl was alleged to have done.”
If found guilty, the child would have faced the death penalty, but I suspect she was merely collateral damage for that twatwaffle Jadoon. I’ll bet you dollars to little green apples that Jadoon’s main goal was driving the Christians out in fear of their lives. And I’ll bet you that his motivation was doing the ‘right thing’ for his community and religion. It didn’t matter to him that bearing false witness against his neighbors is as forbidden in Islam as it is in the Christian faith. Nope. He ignored both the letter and the spirit of the laws, and I profoundly suspect that it because he felt justified in doing something horrible because he just knew Christians were dangerous influences on Muslims and God would want them gone.
Religious extremists are untrustworthy because they always think the ends justifies the means. I’m glad that Jadoon was busted by the authorities, who were undoubtedly also Muslims, before his plan could come to the full fruition of a Christian massacre.
Meanwhile, a mosque in Joplin, Mississippi was burned to the ground in what looks like a second arson attack. The FBI are offering a reward for information about this, because it is a hate crime. Some buttmunch thinking he or she was a “good American Christian” no doubt set fire to the mosque, in spite of the fact this kind of attack on a neighbor is forbidden in the Christian religion, because he or she felt justified in doing something horrible because he or she just knew Muslims were dangerous influences on Christians and God would want them gone. Ditto for the dipshit racists who shot and burned a Quran in Tennessee and painted racial slurs on a mosque in New York.
Same extremist asshats, different religions.
But extremists are fortunately not all religion has to offer. On a happier note, “Jill Michel, pastor of the South Joplin Christian Church, said several area churches have offered their churches to members of the Islamic Society if they need a place to gather. She said she and other faith leaders from the community had been at a dinner Saturday at the center, and that the community would rally around the center’s members.” In turn, even before the girl was known to be framed, a Muslim imam named Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote a defense of the maligned child and provided the Islamic context of why she should not be punished. Furthermore, for more than 100 years there has been a Fatwa (religious decree) against Muslims killing Christians, so the atrocities committed against Christians is counter to Islamic law.
The problem in religions is not the doctrinal differences, but in the extremists jackasses who use their religion as an excuse to unleash their bigotry, violence, and fear.