Lahore City Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I just read this devastating account of a couple in Lahore, Pakistan, who killed their 16 year old daughter because she was talking to a young man. In many Shariah-compliant Muslim communities, parents are driven to kill their children (almost always their daughters) in order supposedly to preserve the honor of the Muslim family.
As I have written before, I cannot think of much that could be more dishonorable. Yet, this kind of killing is not uncommon. In Pakistan, for example, there have reportedly been at least 1,000 such killings this year. Astounding, isn’t it?
In his recent U.N. address, President Barack Obama boldly prophesied that the future would belong to those who do not insult the prophet Muhamad. I both hope and suspect his is a false prophecy. The problem with his approach is that it is impossible. Exploring the question of what insults the prophet Mohammed yields answers as varied as Teddy Bears and movie trailers. Consider just a few of the “offenses” to Islam which led to rioting, violence, and killing:
Miss World pageant(2002);
A Teddy bear (2007);
Facebook Photo (2012):
Speech from the Pope on how all religions should agree that Murder is wrong (led to worldwide murders);
And, finally, free speech itself offends some Muslims.
Honestly, it would be easier to state the one thing that apparently doesn’t offend violent Muslims: Perfectly enforced Sharia Law in a Muslim state. Everything else (as noted above) is offensive to violent Islam. Sadly, violent Islam speaks for the Muslim world. Non-violent Islam is unheard over the noise of terror. And violent Islam is offended by anything and everything that is not complete submission to Islam.
Playing the shell game of which action will offend Muslim terrorists is about as liberating as deciding which handcuffs you want to wear, which color you want your prison jumpsuit to be, or which weapon you’d like used in your own execution. Such decisions might feel liberating in the moment, but they will never end well.
When it comes to appeasing Muslim violence, accommodations lead only further into fear; accommodations are by nature admissions of defeat. It’s time to admit that non-Muslims aren’t the problem. America is not the problem. Christians are not the problem.
Sharia law spreads as Islam increases. In Europe, the call for Sharia is increasing. The pressure to accept Islam has now forced an Italian judge to rule that it was ok for a father, brother, and mother to beat a young woman. The judge ruled that it was “for her own good” to be beaten by her Muslim relatives. I have linked a news article here, and it shows just how fluid a concept “tolerance” can be. Tolerance demands that we accept Muslims who beat women in the name of Muhammad. Yet, tolerance is offended if a Christian prays publicly in the name of Jesus Christ. Europe is heading down a dismal path, and I hope America will understand that we do not want to follow their lead.