Islam is not known for respecting its critics. From the rampant death threats that followed the publication of cartoons mocking Muhammad (pigs be upon him) in European newspapers to the savage rioting against counterjihadist groups in the UK, Muslims have made it known that they will not tolerate anyone making fun of their precious religion.
Now for a little background. Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer had the courage to speak out against the cruel blasphemy laws in place in Pakistan, which earned him numerous death threats from Muslims. The law included the death penalty for those who leave or otherwise insult Islam, which is a tenet of sharia. A Christian woman was due to be sentenced to death under this barbaric law, which caused Taseer to speak out. One of his bodyguards, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, felt Taseer’s opposition to the savagery of the 7th century was an affront to his religion.
January 4, 2011. Taseer was shopping at a market near his home when Qadri publicly opened fire with an MP5 sub-machine gun, a distant cousin of the Magic Muslim Peace Sprayer™. Qadri unloaded 27 bullets into Taseer before being captured.
After Qadri’s arrest, over 500 clerics urged their fellow Muslims to not attend Taseer’s funeral. A large percentage of Pakistanis view Qadri as a hero, and he has developed a sort of cult following despite being incarcerated. When he was sentenced to death for Taseer’s murder, the judge who delivered the sentence was forced to flee the country because he received a flurry of death threats from foaming Muslims.
Recently, a mosque was built in Qadri’s honor. Nope, not Taseer’s, you know, the man who took a heroic stand against cruelty. Nope, Pakistani Muslims instead chose to honor a murderer. Says a lot about their religion, doesn’t it? Even worse is that the mosque is now overflowing with people looking to bend over for the invisible sky-demon Allah. “Everyone gives [Qadri] respect,” said Ali Haider, a worshipper at the mosque. “He was prepared to protect his religion and any one of us would have done the same.” Did you hear that? Right from the horse’s mouth. Every devout Muslim is prepared to kill for their religion, as they are commanded in Islam’s holy texts.