Monday, April 4, 2011

Moderate Muslims or Moderate Christians

A Pakistani Christian woman Asia Noreen was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by hanging—the first woman ever sentenced to death under Pakistan's sharia blasphemy laws. She denied that Muhammad was a prophet. Even if she wins her appeal and is released from prison, a Pakistani Imam has issued a Fatwa against her—anyone killing her will be paid $6,000.

Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of Punjab and an outspoken critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, spoke in defense of Asia Noreen. After declaring that she should be pardoned, he was assassinated by his body guard. Then Pakistan's Minister of Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in the Pakistani Cabinet, was assassinated two months later because of his vocal opposition to the blasphemy laws.

Author Nonie Darwish who wrote “Now They Call me Infidel” and “Why I Renounced Jihad” says “the term “moderate Muslim” was created in the West. In the Muslim world there is nothing called moderate or radical Muslims or moderate or radical mosques. You are either a Muslim or not. What the West terms as Moderate Muslims are really just those who do not take their religion very seriously and do not follow Sharia Law.” In other words, they are Muslim in name only, probably not unlike a “moderate” Christian—one who doesn’t take the Bible or relationship with Jesus too seriously.  "Moderate" Muslims or "moderate" Christians: both are oxymorons!

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