Just to remind ourselves that 2010 has been a year of steadily rising Islamophobia around the world. Uncle Jimmy (BlairSupporter) and the murderous scum at Bare Naked Islam have played their part in this, of course, but it's generally been a bad year to be a Muslim
Not that 2011 has been much better, especially for one Pakistani Muslim, Salman Taseer
, the Governor of Punjab province gunned down by one of his bodyguards. Uncle Jimmy has a post on the assassination
, and I can agree with him on one thing at least: Taseer is a genuine hero. He was a pretty heroic figure in the history of Pakistani democracy before standing up to be counted as an opponent of Pakistan's draconian blasphemy law, and specifically of the death penalty ordered for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman.What do the loony left, those who still proclaim moral equivalence of all religions, have to say about the horrific murder of one of Pakistan’s few moderate and liberal-minded political leaders? If they are what they say they are – moderate, liberal and freedom-loving – he should be their new hero. A man standing up for women’s rights, even Christian women’s rights in a deeply patriarchal and conservative Muslim country. A man opposed to Pakistan’s extreme blasphemy laws. Laws which say that execution is the penalty for insulting the name of Mohammed.
Let us note note that this deeply patriarchal country (indeed) has at least managed to elect a woman as Prime Minister in the recent past (so not perhaps the irredeemable "basket case" of a country Jimmy makes out) and that the death penalty for blasphemy has never yet actually been carried out (whether it will be for Asia Bibi depends on the bravery of the President: the huge reaction to Taseer's murder may actually have made clemency more likely rather than less). Let us also observe that Jimmy, naturally, emphasises the many voices raised in support of the murderer while downplaying the thousands of brave souls who have come out in support of Taseer and his stand. For example these
, and these
Jimmy, moreover, sullies the memory of Taseer with some sarcastic anti-Muslim digs. After all, why bother remembering that Salman Taseer was himself a good, decent Muslim when lazy Islamophobia has so much appeal for his target audience? A word of warning, though, for Jimmy. His oh-so-ironic sub-headings such asIGNORE QADRI. HE’S ONLY DOING WHAT WE’D ALL LIKE TO DO
andDEFEND QADRI, HE HAS ONLY DONE WHAT WE’D ALL LIKE TO HAVE DONE
are likely to be taken at face value by his new chums at Bare Naked Islam
, where the commenters frequently opine that all Muslims should be killed, and where the site owner has written that no Muslim has ever contributed anything of value to any society.
And Jimmy can't resist a cheap "Nazi" slur:QADRI IS A
NAZI sorry – GHAZI (Islamic Warrior)
Interesting word that – Ghazi. Don’t you think? Wonder when it was coined?
Ooh, yes, because nothing bespeaks respect for the dead more than making fun of their language and their religion, except perhaps desperately trying to smear that religion with false associations with Nazism. Yes, Ghazi has three letters in common with Nazi. So does Zion. What larks, eh?
(Incidentally, thirty seconds with Google yields the answer to Jimmy's rhetorical question: the term dates from the time of the Samanid Empire, 819 - 999.)
Then Jimmy rediscovers his feelings of respect for the dead, because he shows a picture of people defacing a picture of Taseer and captions it "After learning that Taseer has been killed, Pakistanis abuse his picture. Do YOU reckon this is civilised behaviour? After anyone has been assassinated?"
Well, gosh, no I don't. But unlike Jimmy who never said a word of protest, I found the similar scenes
after the judicial murder of Saddam Hussein equally distasteful.
And finally:But perhaps now, or some time soon, the Guardianistos of this world, the lefty broadcasters, the so-called feminists and the so-called freedom-lovers will start to re-think their position on Islam as a concept – even as a “religion”.
I'm not sure what "Islam as a concept" is supposed to mean, far less what my position on it is expected to be. But Islam as a religion deserves no sneering quotation marks to spit on the memory of a great man, and a great Muslim. Salman Taseer: twenty times the man BlairSupporter, the blogger too cowardly to use his name let alone put his life on the line, will ever be.