A dude in Afganistan is on trial -- for converting from Islam to Christianity. He most likely will be executed.
Reading this article on the BBC News website, I had several reactions.
"The Prophet Muhammad has said several times that those who convert from Islam should be killed if they refuse to come back," says Ansarullah Mawlafizada, the trial judge. "Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, kindness and integrity. That is why we have told him if he regrets what he did, than we will forgive him," he told the BBC News website.
Are you even listening to yourself?! Webster's New English Dictionary defines "tolerance" as "a value or state of mind in which you refrain from killing or beating on people's asses who disagree with your views."...an overwhelming number of ordinary Afghans appear to believe Mr Rahman has erred and deserves to be executed.
"We will not let anyone interfere with our religious practices," declared cleric Inayatullah at Kabul's Pulakasthy mosque, one of the city's largest.Um, he's not. He just wants to go about his business and pray to the god of jesus (which, by the way, is the god of abraham, which just also happens to be the god of muhammed, which just happens to be allah. same rose, different name). Do you honestly not see that you're the ones interfering with his religious practices?
"What is wrong with Islam that he should want to convert?" asks an agitated Abdul Zahid Payman.
Ah, I'm beginning to understand your logic. If it's good enough for me, it's good enough for everyone, is that it? Whoo-hoo homogeneity!
"This is a Muslim country. The state is Muslim, people are Muslim 99%," says Judge Ansarullah.
Oh, even better! There's nothing like a healthy dose of circuar logic to brighten up one's existence in the bleakest fucking landscape in the world. It's a Muslim state, so we are justified in executing non-Muslims, so it remains a Muslim state. Clever, that.
Now, we all know I can't stand fundamentalists of any religion, be it Christianity, Islam, or what have you. But I gotta wonder, where is the religious Right in America on this? Where's the outrage?!?! They should be up in fucking arms over this! (And for the first and probably last time ever, I would agree with them.) They're so fucking worried about the "gay agenda" (which doesn't even exist) that they are completely ignoring the Islamic agenda, which does.
The people in Afganistan who are calling for the death of the Christian convert are the very same Muslims who protested the Danish cartoons depticting the prophet. These people demand that people the world over respect and tolerate their beliefs, threatening to publicly murder cartoonists for a demonstration of disrepsect. They demand tolerance of their beliefs, but show none whatsoever to anyone else.
Where are the protests from Bible-bangers? In my hometown when a cinema tried to show the Rocky Horror Picture Show the Christians turned up in spades to picket and protest. Where are they now? Where are the demonstrations around American and the world, the angry Jesus-freaks screaming for mercy and tolerance because one of their own is about to be fucking martyred?!? The message is clear: movies are more evil than murder; it's a greater crime for me to take the pill than it is for a dude to be stoned in the streets because of the way he prays.
I honestly don't know which disgusts me more: hypocritical muslims who are killing a dude because he converted to another religion, or hypocritical christians who don't give a shit.
Stop the planet; i'm getting off.