November 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the tenets of Shari'a, blasphemy is a serious offense, one ultimately punishable by death.
That is the apparent fate of Pakistani Asia Bibi, a 45 year old Christian mother of 5 who is charged with allegedly making derogatory comments about Mohammed, Islam's prophet, in a predominantly Islamic society.
If that weren't enough to prompt outrage in the West, Ms. Bibi's plight apparently stems from a single allegation made by a disgruntled field worker who was upset that she was allowed to touch a container of water which was then consumed by her fellow Muslim laborers, apparently a no-no. The worker then visited a local imam and there made the charge. [see, Christian Woman Sentenced To Death In Blasphemy Case, http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/12/christian-woman-sentenced-to-death-in-blasphemy-]case-2.html
The question here once again revolves around the contention that Islam and Western values are fully compatible. Many Muslims routinely make such statements. For example, Faisal Rauf [the lead person behind the 911 mosque] is most adamant in his belief that the West and Shari'a are not in conflict, though when given an opportunity to explain in detail just what he means [for example in, Faisal Rauf, The Archbishop Of Canterbury Was Right, Newsweek, http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/feisal_abdul_rauf/2008/03/archbi]shop_of_canterbury_was_r.html] he unintentionally demonstrates the subversive nature of Shari'a, "Sharia law is unequivocally clear that Muslims who live as minorities in non-Muslim majority communities are required to abide by the law of the land. That doesn't prevent British Muslims from practicing aspects of Sharia that don't conflict with British law, or from seeking changes in British law."
We would be surprised if in this case, Ms. Bibi's life isn't spared. If left to their own devices of course, undeterred by Western public opinion, Pakistani religious authorities would no doubt murder the Christian mother over her supposed breach of Shari'a. In this case, especially given the focus being placed on Pakistan because of its not-so-clandestine support for Muslim terrorism, killing this obviously blameless woman wouldn't fly in the PR sense so the odds are in her favor - at least as far as the ultimate penalty is concerned.
Throughout the Muslim world people like Ms. Bibi daily face the harsh tenth century judgment of Shari'a proponents. The killing, abridgment of rights, degradation and mutilation takes place endlessly, passing without comment in large part.
President Obama rather than helping with his outreach to the Muslim world is doing the opposite, signing off on death warrants for people such as Ms. Bibi because he and the muliculturalist left refuse to hold Islam to the standards whereby they judge the West. This is cowardice plain and simple. Islam can only be fully compatible with Western philosophy and governance when the dictates of Shari'a no longer have any effect. Democracy and its underlying Judeo/Christian ethos isn't a cafeteria philosophy as many Muslims believe, it's a system unto itself, proven over numerous centuries to offer the best combination of individual freedom, liberty and responsibility. If Muslims can't live under such a system and not try to sneak Shari'a in through the back door, they should be shown the exit, they don't belong here.
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