Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

11/26/2010 (9:17 am)

Pakistan Needs Our Prayers

Asia Bibi (pronounced “AH see ah”) was picking berries in a field with other women when she dipped a cup into a pail of water and took a drink. The other women, who were Muslim, refused to drink the water thereafter because Asia, who is Christian, had touched it. The women report that in the argument that followed, Asia said “Your Mohammed had worms in his mouth before he died,” an idiom apparently meaning that Mohammed was not a prophet.

For thus objecting to being snubbed by bigots, Asia Bibi has been sentenced to death by hanging.

The video is 2 minutes, 51 seconds long, plus a 30 second commercial on the front. My apologies for the commercial message, which I do not control. If you click on the little speaker in the video’s control bar, it will mute the sound.

According to CNN reports, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of the murdered Benazir Bhutto, has plans to pardon Asia Bibi if the nation’s High Court does not grant her request for mercy. Muslim leaders have threatened nationwide protests if he does. Zardari appears to be a man of some conviction, but it remains to be seen whether his tenure can survive nationwide riots, courtesy of The Religion of Peace.

I can think of few ways that the true nature of Islam could be broadcast more accurately than this. Asia Bibi’s entire village, supported by all the nation’s Islamic faithful, approve wholeheartedly of this murder. That’s what this is, of course: a threatened murder. No civilized human being can regard her acts as worthy of death; and an unjust law is no law at all.

Pray for Asia and her family, who are enduring this difficulty on our behalf. Pray, also, for Pakistani President Zardari, who appears poised to do the right thing. And pray, finally, that the world recognize that not all religions are the same, that some counsel peace while other counsel violence, injustice, and bigotry.

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