For years we've been hearing about how the peaceful religion of Islam has been hijacked by extremists.
What if it's the other way around? Worse, what if the peaceful hijackers are losing their bid to take over the religion?
That certainly seems to be the case in
Specifically, Taseer was supportive of a Christian woman,
Bibi had offered some fellow farm laborers some water. They refused to drink it because Christian hands apparently make water unclean. An argument followed. She defended her faith, which they took as synonymous with attacking theirs. Later, she says, a mob of her accusers raped her.
Naturally, a Pakistani judge sentenced her to hang for blasphemy.
And Governor Taseer, who bravely visited her and sympathized with her plight, had 40 bullets pumped into him by one of his own bodyguards.
Now, so far, it's hard to say who is the hijacker and who is the hijackee. After all, Taseer the moderate was a prominent politician, Qadri a mere bodyguard.
A reasonable person might look at this tragic situation and say it is indeed proof of extremists trying to hijack the religion and the country.
Except, it was Taseer who wanted to change the status quo and Qadri who wanted to protect it.
And what of the reaction to the assassination?
Many columnists and commentators denounced the murder, but the public's reaction was often celebratory. A
And what of the country's official guardians of the faith?
A group of more than 500 leading Muslim scholars, representing what the
They even went so far as to warn government officials and journalists that the "supporter is as equally guilty as one who committed blasphemy," and so therefore they should all take "a lesson from the exemplary death" of
If that's what counts for religious moderation in
While most of the enlightened chatters remain mute or incoherent as they struggle for a way to blame
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