Angry mob in Pakistan torches 40 Christian homes

The world continues to be an angry, intolerant place. Pakistani Christians are regularly persecuted by Muslims but we rarely hear about it. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMarch 10, 2013 – Some 3,000 irate Pakistani Muslims burned more than 40 homes in Lahore on Saturday in an act of “revenge of the blasphemy” that was allegedly committed by a Christian on Thursday.

Blasphemy against Islam or the Prophet Muhammad is a major crime that is sometimes punishable by death in the Muslim world, but, it should be noted, rarely requires proof.

No words necessary

If you believe this story might appear in mainstream media outlets throughout the United States don’t hold your breath. The fact is the press really doesn’t care, even when such hatred of the west, Jews and Christians is rampant across the region, as evidenced by the picture displayed to the right.

According to eyewitnesses who spoke to Express News the rioters broke into houses, looted them and burned the remaining belongings on the road.

Rana Sanaullah, the Punjab Law Minister, stated there was no reason for violence since the perpetrator of the blasphemy was arrested on Friday. Sanaullah added that victims will be compensated within five days and claimed that charges have been made against those responsible for the vandalism, and they will be prosecuted for their actions as well.

All of which sounds like a positive solution to yet another uprising by overly zealous followers of the “religion of peace.” Positive, that is, until the complete story is told.

According to a local bishop in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Akram Gill said the dispute was more of a personal nature than anything to do with blasphemy. The incident apparently occurred when two men, one Christian and one Muslim, began arguing while drinking late one night. Eventually the quarrel evolved into a full-fledged fight, and the Muslim man made up the blasphemy story the following morning as payback.

Police and Gill identified the Christian man as Sawan Masih and came to the neighborhood to investigate. After Christians in the community handed Masih over to law enforcement officials, they locked up their homes and fled to stay with relatives in other areas.

Soon after, the mob arrived with hammers and steel rods, breaking into and burning houses, ransacking two churches and burning Bibles and crosses.

Hardly an appropriate response, and certainly an extreme overreaction to say the least.

But then consider the story related by the Muslim accuser. The two men had been “drinking” far into the night.

In Chapter Two of the Koran, also known as “The Cow” or Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 219 says, “They ask you about drinking and gambling. Say: There is great harm in both, although they have some benefit for men; but their harm is far greater than their benefit.”

Therefore, even though alcohol can be beneficial, it does more harm than good. Consequently, pious Muslims should refrain from consumption of alcohol according to Allah and the Prophet Muhammad.

In other words we should overlook the fact that the accuser was drinking and consider only his blasphemous accusation, even though it was a lie resulting in the torching of more than 40 residences. All based purely on hearsay.

The man who filed the blasphemy charges, Shahi Imran, takes no responsibility for the actions of the estimated 3,000 rioters, saying he left the area before they arrived. Imran expressed the opinion that Masih should be punished but other Christians should not be harmed.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari requested a report of the incident, while local officials at the scene denied that any houses had been set on fire.

Masih, who remains in custody in an undisclosed location, said, “Poor people were living here. They have lost all their belongings. Where can they go now?”

Such an event is just one of many that continuously take place through the Middle East. Muslims in Pakistan persecute Christians on a regular basis while the world looks the other way. And the reason, because if we bring attention to human rights abuses perpetuated by Muslims and speak out against them, it is regarded as “Islamophobia.”

Needless to say, political correctness would never allow the truth to be exposed when it is easier to simply ignore the reality that the problem even exists. 

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