Peace, Love and Tolerance
Vol: 120 Issue: 29 Thursday, September 29, 2011
An Iranian pastor and head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran is scheduled to be executed sometime today for refusing to recant his faith in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was first sentenced to death in November, 2010 for apostasy. Naderkhani turned to Christianity when he was 19 and later became a pastor in the northern Iranian city of Rasht.
Key to the issue is whether or not Nadarkhani, the son of Muslims, had ever been a practicing Muslim. Pastor Nardarkhani pleaded not guilty, partially on the grounds that from puberty he was never a practicing Muslim and thus had not renounced the Muslim faith.
But he has denied that Muhammad was a prophet of God.
Nadarkhani found himself in hot water before Iranian religious authorities when he challenged a government decree that all schoolchildren – including Christians – be instructed in the religion of peace and love and tolerance as part of their curriculum.
The pastor has been given three opportunities to repent of his conversion to Christianity but refused.
“Repent means to return,” Nadarkhani told the court. “What should I return to? To the blasphemy I had before my faith in Christ?”
“To the religion of your ancestors, Islam,” a judge said.
“I cannot,” insisted Nadarkhani.
The pastor’s death sentence was overturned by the Iranian Supreme Court in July. The Iranian Supreme Court ruled that Nadarkhani had not left the religion of peace and love and tolerance, since he never practiced it as a youth, and therefore is not guilty of apostasy.
The Supreme Court then sent the case back to the court that first imposed the death sentence for review. Back in Nadarkhani’s hometown where he openly practices his faith in Christ, the sentence was reimposed by the local court.
If the reimposed sentence, now under final review by an appellate court, is upheld, then Pastor Nadarkhani will be hanged sometime today.
It is worth noting that the sentence was NOT imposed for leaving the religion of peace and love and tolerance. It was imposed for NOT denying Christ.
In Kazahkstan, draft legislation seeks to make illegal any religious group that fails to register with the government. All religious communities would have to register with the government, “or face liquidation through the courts” according to the draft.
Christians have been alarmed as much by the content of the draft legislation as by the ‘unprecedented’ speed with which it is passing through the country’s legislature. Both laws passed through Parliament’s lower house in one day, 21 September, with some minor amendments.
The legislation is due to be considered at a plenary session of the Senate, the upper house of Parliament, on Thursday – but it is not certain whether it will be adopted on the same day.
Last November in Pakistan, a 45 year-old Christian mother of five was convicted of blaspheming the religion of peace and love and tolerance and sentenced to death by hanging. Aasia Bibi denies the charge, saying she was falsely accused by her co-workers who objected to sharing a water bowl with a Christian!
No date has been set for an appeal hearing, however, and supporters are concerned that Bibi’s life may be in real danger even if her sentence is never carried out.
A number of Pakistanis accused of blasphemy have been killed by mobs or individuals angered by the alleged offense – including in some cases while the person was in court or in custody, supposedly under state protection.
Adding to the concerns for her safety, Yousuf Qureshi, imam of the largest mosque in Peshawar, told a rally Friday that his mosque would give 500,000 rupees (about $5,800) to anyone who kills Bibi. He also warned the government not to tamper with blasphemy laws which he said protect Mohammed’s “sanctity.”
Last July, two Pakistani brothers, both Christians, were arrested and accused of blasphemy against the religion of peace and love and tolerance after leaflets “bearing their names and featuring derogatory comments about Mohammed” were “discovered” in the brothers’ home town.
Presuming that these two brothers, born and raised in Pakistan, were not either mentally ill or suicidal, one wonders why they would affix their names to leaflets condemning Mohammed, knowing what the penalty is for blaspheming the religion of peace and love and tolerance?
We’ll never know how the court would have ruled on that particular question. Both men, who were chained together at the time, were shot down like dogs as they left the courtroom by ‘unknown’ gunmen intent on protecting the religion of peace and love and tolerance.
Minorities Minister Shabhaz Bhatti and Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer brought the issue of the two brothers into the international spotlight after the killings. Both Bhatti and Taseer were later assassinated by members of the religion of peace and love and tolerance.
Taseer’s bodyguard, who admitted killing the governor because of his opposition to the blasphemy laws, has appeared in court several times but proceedings appear to be stalled. No-one has been arrested and charged with Bhatti’s murder. After shooting him his assailants left a note accusing him of blasphemy.
Meanwhile radicals have vowed to defend the blasphemy laws to the death, the government has assured religious leaders it has no plans to amend them, and their enforcement continues unimpeded.
On June 22, a 29 year-old Pakistani named Abdul Sattar was sentenced to death by a court in the north of Punjab province, after being convicted of blaspheming Mohammed in text messages.
The previous month, a 25 year-old Christian named Babber Masih was arrested and charged after being accused of using insulting language against Mohammed.
According to the Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement, which provides free legal aid to Pakistani Christians, the accused man’s brother says Babber has been mentally ill for the last six years.
More than 960 people were charged under the blasphemy laws between 1986 and 2009. While no Pakistani government executions have been carried out, at least 32 people facing blasphemy charges had been killed by angry practitioners of the religion of peace and love and tolerance.
Which makes them just as dead.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15-16)
From time to time, foolish people will question the religion of peace and love and tolerance’s refusal to tolerate other religions in the name of peace and love.
Especially when the religion of peace and love and tolerance kills people for doing so. For example, in just the past forty-eight hours;
- 2011.09.28 (Abu Ghraib, Iraq) – Three children are among five family members brutally shot to death in their home by al-Qaeda intruders.
- 2011.09.28 (Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan) – Sunni hardliners roll up on a local police checkpoint and machine-gun eight officers.
- 2011.09.28 (Narathiwat, Thailand) – A 6-year-old boy is among the casualties when Islamic terrorists open fire on guards outside a school.
- 2011.09.27 (Aden, Yemen) – A suicide bombing near a hotel leaves two people dead.
- 2011.09.27 (Baghdad, Iraq) – Sunni terrorists detonate a bomb outside a popular Shia restaurant, killing three members of the night crowd.
- 2011.09.27 (Shindand, Afghanistan) – Eleven children and four women are among a family of sixteen shredded by Mujahideen bombers.
At the very least, those that dare to question the peace, love and tolerance of the religion of peace and love and tolerance can expect to be marginalized as being ‘Islamophobic’ because they have difficulty discerning where the religion of peace love and tolerance hides the peace, love and tolerance part of the religion.
All that those on the outside ever get to see as examples are al-Qaeda, terror attacks, calls for the destruction of Israel, ethnic cleansing of Jews, blasphemy trials for Christians, hangings, assassinations and executions.
The duty to be tolerant is reserved for non-members, who are required to accept that leaving the religion of peace and love and tolerance is worthy of death, that its own rules take precedence over the laws of the land, and that its members have religious duty to overthrow infidel governments and religions.
“Nothing personal, but I just have to kill you and take over your country. Unless you want to join the religion of peace, love and tolerance, that is. But there is no compulsion in religion, the Koran says. So take a second, think it over. I’ll wait. . . oops, time’s up.”
In the Sudan, where the Islamic majority has been conducting a systematic campaign of genocide against the Christian south, the US called on both parties to renounce violence, as if there were some kind of moral equivalency between fighting to exterminate a people and fighting to prevent one’s own extermination.
The religion of peace, love and tolerance offers unbelievers a special status: dhimmitude. This describes a person of an inferior religion living under Islamic religious rule.
Under Islamic religious rule, persons of other religions can be permitted to exist, provided they submit to Islamic blasphemy laws.
A dhimmi can practice his own religion and exercise his own religious conscience as long as it doesn’t blaspheme Allah, the Koran, Mohammed and Islamic doctrine.
Where are the Muslims speaking out against the violence being perpetrated in their name? Why is it that when the religion of peace and love meets every challenge to its doctrine with violence and hatred, nobody seems to notice the dichotomy?
Where is that bastion of freedom, the defender of free speech, the protector of religious minority rights? What does the United States of America have to say?
It says, “America will never be at war with Islam.”
When does a person become a dhimmi? When he submits to the rules of dhimmitude. Meanwhile, pray for Pastor Nadarkhani.
And pray for us all.