Those of you who know me here know I am passionate about speaking to the violence that is directed at women around the globe. I for many years have made the voice of women under the oppression of Islam my voice. I post Her stories here, acid attacks, female genital mutilation, honor killings, torture, stoning, be heading, slavery, child marriages, gendercide and the thousands of ways Islam denies women human rights. I receive emails from all over the world daily, one more horrifying and heart breaking than the next. Since I posted a story about the slaughter of a Christian village mostly women and children in Jos about 6 months ago http://www.anglicandioceseofjos.org/dogo.html the stories I receive all have the common theme of Genocide, Christians murdered for no other reason than they are Christians living in the land of the Religion of peace –Islam. Churches full of worshipers being burned to the ground. Yet, have you heard about it?
Have you heard this story?
March 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pakistan’s only Christian government minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, has been shot dead by Muslim extremists in apparent reprisal for opposing the nation’s “blasphemy law,” according to international media reports.
Bhatti, who was the “Minister for Minorities”, was driving to work in the capital city of Islamabad today when gunmen sprayed his car with bullets, killing him. Leaflets were left at the scene warning others that the same fate would await them if they opposed the blasphemy law, a measure that critics say is used to persecute religious minorities. Reuters reports that the Pakistani Taliban have taken responsibility for the murder.
The killing of Bhatti follows the January assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of the state of Punjab, also by Islamic militants, and also for condemning the country’s the blasphemy law. In the climate of fear following the killing, Bhatti had been one of the few government ministers who had openly condemned Taseer’s killing. Following the killing of Taseer, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari backed off from plans to reform the blasphemy law.
In a video recording of an interview released by the Telegraph, Bhatti said that he had been threatened by the Taliban and other Islamic extremists, but said he was ready to die to protect the rights of Christians.
“I am following the cross, and I am ready to die for a cause I am living for my community and suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights”
Controversy over the blasphemy law has been stirred by the recent conviction of Asia Bibi,( there was a petition) a Christian woman who was accused of blasphemy after defending her religious beliefs against the insults of several women in her majority-Muslim village. Her conviction has provoked an international outcry and has led to demands for the repeal or reform of the law.
Bhatti’s killing is the third murder of a major political figure by Islamic extremists in recent years. The first was Benazir Bhutto, leader of the governing People’s Party, in 2007.
In Islam, Criticism of any orthodox Islamic doctrine is interpreted as criticism of Muhammad and is charged as Blasphemy which according to Sharia Law is to be punished by death. So Mr. Bhatti was murdered because he as a government official spoke against the Blasphemy laws of Pakistan that would put to death a Christian woman, and therefore he himself was labeled a Blasphemer and was murdered on his way to work in accordance with Sharia Law.
A Martyr according to the Catholic church is a person who gives his/her own life for a belief in faith.
Is Bhatti a martyr? Read his words.
Now let’s take a look at Malik Muntaz Qadri who took the life of Bhatti and his words upon his arrest.
“He is a blasphemer and this (death) is the punishment for a blasphemer” short and to the point. He critized Islam so he dies.
Now you would think that someone who murders a human being for whatever the reason let alone blasphemy would be viewed as a criminal. But we are talking about Sharia Law, who gives the OK to murder anyone who doesn’t agree with Islam –so it shouldn’t surprise you that this defender of Islam was hailed as a hero.
“The adulation of chanting supporters who threw rose petals as he was led away by police. Calling him “martyr”. Since Islam includes suicide bombers as “martyrs” we can fairly connect the dots and see how it ends with this murderer being hailed a martyr, and how this “martyr’s” crime is justified because he even drew praise from the Jamaat-i-ahii Sunnat who issued a statement “those who support blasphemy of the prophet are they themselves guilty of blasphemy.”
So Taseer unforgivable sin was declaring Pakistans blasphemy law that calls for the execution of those who insult the religion or its prophet a “black law” and did so while defending a Christian woman facing the death penalty for alleged blasphemy.
So here is my thought since the words of Bhatti indicate he would die for his belief and then he did indeed die for that belief why doesn’t the Catholic Church honor him as a martyr? Would that not define a martyr? Would it not send a message to those who murder in the name of a religion that the world views you not as martyrs but as a murderers?
Let’s us make martyrs out of the thousands put to death inside a church and not the terrorist who murdered them. Those women and children slaughtered in JOS because they believed in a God who preached “love one another”
Maybe just maybe we as a civil society need to be blasphemous and tell it like it is — any religion, any people, any culture that makes a martyr out of a murderer needs to fear us — it should not be the other way around.
Rest In Peace
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