Terrorism? There Are Bigger Problems

When speaking of Islam, people often raise the issue of terrorism, discussing whether ISIS are following traditional Islam, or they are perverting a peaceful religion. And of course Islam apologists will wave the banner of “The majority of Muslims are not terorrists”. That’s right, they are not. However, although each violent death is terrible, there are bigger problems than terrorism.

A minority Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death in Pakistan for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said.

Judge Shabbir Ahmed announced the sentence for 30-year-old Taimoor Raza on Saturday in Bahawalpur in eastern Punjab province, according to Shafiq Qureshi. Raza was arrested last year for allegedly posting derogatory content about Sunni Muslim religious leaders and the wives of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.

Qureshi said Bahawalpur’s counter-terrorism force arrested Raza in April last year following a complaint that he was showing onlookers objectionable material on his cell phone at a bus terminal. He added that Raza had previously posted other blasphemous material on Facebook.
Read more here: http://nation.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2017/pakistani-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-social-media

Pakistan’s population is about 200 million. About 90% of them are Muslim. And this means the majority in this country do not find objectionable to live under laws which kill a person for speaking out his/her mind on the topic of Islam. This is the real problem. They are not terrorists. They are simply people who value their religion more than human life. Not all of them of course. But you can compare the number of protests which were caused by sentence to the murderer of a Pakistani governer who just suggested to extend mercy to a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, and the number of protests which will rise due to this death sentence for a Facebook post.

And what an irony: the guy was arrested by COUNTER-TERRORISM FORCE.


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