Pakistan under threat of Islamism

Sunday, 1st April 2007 at 9:00 UTC 2 comments

I find myself writing about the threat of Islamism once again. I’d better write about my commitment to maintaining the freedom of speech of groups like Hizbut Tahrir, but for now, its Pakistan’s Islamists and the inability of their so-called President (or rather military dictator since last I checked) to tackle the problem.

Apparently there’s been trouble in Islamabad. Women have been captured and held hostage for allegedly running a brothel. I’m suddenly reminded of a story in the bible… “the woman caught in adultery”. So lets take a look at both stories…

A woman and two of her female relatives are captured and held in a madrassa by students wanting to show Pakistan how they think it should treat those who promote promiscuity. The woman in question was forced to make a confession and we are left to assume that she was threatened with death. Thankfully action was taken to secure her release before religious law was implemented.

A woman is discovered sleeping with a man to whom she is not married. The religious zealots of the day drag her into the street and prepare to stone her, in accordance with religious laws. The pharisees want to make an example of her, but they realise they are being watched by a popular teacher who they despise. They ask him what they should do with her, and he answers clearly: let anyone who has never done anything wrong in their entire lives begin the stoning. She goes free.

I shan’t compare the actions of the Pakistani police to those of Jesus Christ. But sadly Islamic law is being implemented in a growing number of places. And everywhere where this is happening people are suffering. Islamisation is a huge problem in many countries and sadly, most often, nothing is being done within those countries to stop it. Muslims have the right to exist and to practice their religion and to make their views known and to practice politics in the way that their religion requires, but where are those who are prepared to stand up and oppose what they claim to be right?

We must not underestimate the power of Islamisation. No group should be made illegal, but no group that proposes amending laws in favour of the death penalty should go unchallenged. Civilised debate is the honest way forwards, whether dealing with the British National Party or with Hizbut Tahrir. Islamists must be listened to, but they must also be opposed, because there are always rational reasons for opposing the death penalty.

As its Sunday, and so I feel I should add a message to Christian readers, I shall conclude by adding this: Thousands of Christians every year are killed at the hands of these same extremists for attempting to spread the love and good news of Jesus Christ in Muslim countries. Where is the outcry from British and American Christians?

Muslims across the world are united in a ‘brotherhood of believers’. Acts shows that believers stood up for one another instead of their old geographical ties. Why can’t Christians get their act together and start supporting each their heavenly brothers and sisters over and above the earthly compatriots around them?

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Entry filed under: Activism, democracy, Freedom, Human Rights, Politics.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Greg  |  Sunday, 1st April 2007 at 16:27 UTC

    Err, “Thousands of Christians every year are killed at the hands of those who attempt to spread the love and good news of Jesus Christ in Muslim countries”

    As in, Christians kill other Christians in the name of evangelising Muslims? Are you sure you’ve got that right?

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  • 2. Graham Martin  |  Sunday, 1st April 2007 at 18:14 UTC

    Thanks for pointing that out, I’ve now edited the entry so it reads correctly. Its what happens when you forget to proof read stuff. Actually, had I re-read this article, I’d probably have overhauled some other paragraphs.

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