Religion of Tolerance(tm) Watch

December 10, 2007

A British woman hides in fear for her life these days. Why? Because she committed the sin of apostasy, leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. In Islam, the penalty for apostasy is death.

Even if it’s your own daughter.

The daughter of a British imam is living under police protection after receiving death threats from her father for converting to Christianity.

The 31-year-old, whose father is the leader of a mosque in Lancashire, has moved house an astonishing 45 times after relatives pledged to hunt her down and kill her.

And that isn’t an opinion held by just a few "extremists," either:

A study this year found that 36 per cent of British Muslims between 16 and 24 believe those who convert to another religion should be punished by death.

Meanwhile, a program on Kuwait Television discussed the question of what should be done with Muslims who leave the faith. The audience,  mostly composed of teenagers and encouraged by a "scholar" from the Dark Ages, was solidly in favor of death:

Al-Sweidan: Before the break, I asked our audience for their views on this important issue. Does a Muslim have the liberty or the right to change his religion? The results are as follows: 24% said: "Yes, he has the right to change his religion." 76% of the people said: "No." Let’s hear some opinions and then I will return to out guests.


Audience member: Sir, if you become an apostate, your punishment is death. There is a great problem that most of us, 70% of us, are Muslims because they were born to Muslim fathers and mothers. Before a person converts to Islam, he has the liberty to choose, but remember that if you want to convert from Islam, you will be punished by death. So you have the liberty to choose, but on the condition…

Al-Sweidan: That’s not liberty.

Audience member: It has conditions…

Al-Sweidan: What you are saying is: You have the right to become an apostate, but I will kill you.

Audience member: That’s right. I won’t tell him not to.

Al-Sweidan: What can be worse than being killed?

Audience member: That’s why he will not become an apostate.

This is how they educate their children.

One faint note of hope: another scholar on the program, the Egyptian Gamal al-Bana, argued for religious freedom:

That is very saddening. This result indicates a lack of knowledge regarding the essence of Islam, which is faith and liberty. If belief is not based on awareness and conviction, it is worthless. As the Koran says: "If it had been thy Lord’s will, they would all have believed." In other words, every Muslim has the right to change his religion as much as he likes, and nobody is allowed to stand in his way, because this is a question of freedom of conscience, and it is forbidden to intervene in matters of people’s conscience. Talk to him, persuade him, hold a dialogue with him, but do not force him. You presented three options: Dialogue, killing, or the legal system. What do the legal system or killing have to do with people’s conscience?

Irony: Gamal al-Bana is the younger brother of Hasan al-Bana, founder of the Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood. Want to bet he’s the black sheep of the family?

Islam and the world could use a lot more like him.

(hat tip for both stories: LGF)

UPDATE: That was fast. Here’s another: a father in Canada strangles his own daughter for refusing to wear the hijab. (via LGF)

UPDATE 2: She died.

This should make us feel secure. Not.

December 10, 2007

A suicide bomber struck a Pakistani Air Force base today. Two things make the attack stand out: first, the brave, brave jihadi attacked a bus filled with children. Second, the base where the attack took place may be the location of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.

If jihadis can attack the outskirts of the base, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine them getting into "sensitive areas" — you know, the places where the Big Kabooms are kept. Especially when one considers the strength of Islamist sympathies in the Pakistani military and intelligence services.

I sure hope India and the US have contingency plans ready in case Pakistan collapses.