We supposedly fight for our security and for the freedom of people in new democracies. However, so many of our so-called allies in the WAR ON TERROR are really part of the problem. Take this breaking story from Pakistan:
04/27/2007 – PAKISTAN. Qaiser Felix (AsiaNews.it). A mob of Muslims tortured (with the intention of killing) a Catholic man on April 13 in Kotri, Sindh province, accusing him of writing blasphemous words against Muhammad. When the Police intervened, it arrested the tortured man. In prison he was tortured again in order to get him to “confess.” According to the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), Sattar Masih, a 28-year-old Catholic man, was arrested by police despite the lack of evidence, put in jail and tortured to get his confession. He was supposed to get married the following day. His uncle was also arrested.
This whole business started because a Christian was framed and others jumped to the conclusion that he was guilty. Someone had left at the local mosque, Masih’s picture with words against Muhammad on the back. The imam showed the paper to worshippers and noted that it conveniently included Masih’s address. The mob rushed over to his home to torture and kill him.
“How could any sensible person write those words against the prophet and then leave name and photo, when he knows that punishment of such an act is death,” said APMA Chairman Shahbaz Bhatti.
This is the regular treatment that Christians regularly receive in Pakistan. Bhatti explains that “Often they are murdered in extra judicial killings or languish in prison for years. Victims’ families are forced out of their homes as a result of threats, harassment and a sense of insecurity.” Often the mobs take the law into their own hands, with no legal repercussions.
Was this on the evening news? Was this discussed on the talk shows? No, but we can take solace that Speers is in therapy (at least for a few minutes) and Baldwin is sorry for getting upset with his daughter.
Again I ask, what is wrong with us?
Is Islam really the religion of peace?
Are we dealing with Islamic extremists or the dominant face of Islam?
Where are all the cries for justice, from liberals and conservatives?
Wait, this man is not an American, so I guess he does not matter.
Too bad, sometimes it is hard not to be ashamed.
BOB (see comments) thinks that we need to re-image St. Joseph in a more manly way, as a model for Catholic men who just aren’t going “to sit down and take it anymore”. Maybe he was joking, but the idea touched my funny-bone, so here…
It may not be the second coming…but I would sure be intimidated.
“I’LL BE BACK!” “HASTA LA VISTA, BABY!”