Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Kill, kill."

The outrageous five-year sentence for Antonius Bawengan, a Christian man convicted of blasphemy in Java, is apparently one that is five years too long for some Muslim residents of Temanggung:
Protesters demanded Bawengan be handed over and chanted "kill, kill" outside the court as he was lead away under heavy security.
The angry mob then trashed the courtroom before targeting Christian sites, burning down a number of churches and schools.
Bawengan had been accused of distributing pamphlets which, among other things, "described the Black Stone, or al-Hajaru-l-Aswad, on the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Mecca as looking like a woman's genitals."
That's just silly.  The Black Stone does not look like a wom... wait, now that you say it...
Okay.  I'm sure many Muslims would find that comparison offensive, just as I'm sure many Christians would find offensive a pamphlet suggesting that Christ was no more than an attention seeking hippie. But the adult response to being offended is not to throw your critics in jail, to demand their murder, and to burn down schools and churches when the thought police only manage to steal five years of a person's life for speaking freely.

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