Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On so-called 'Blasphemy Laws'...
So I’m reading a recent article posted in the Saudi Gazette. It’s regarding verdicts handed down by the Egyptian courts, following that ridiculous short-budget movie which supposedly made fun of the prophet Muhammed.
Cairo court affirms death for 7 Copts over anti-Islam film
Last Updated : Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:29 PM
CAIRO — A Cairo tribunal on Tuesday upheld death sentences passed on seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in absentia for their involvement in a movie that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a judicial source said.
The accused, including the director of the movie that triggered outrage across the Muslim world when it surfaced last September, are currently living in the United States.
Terry Jones, an American pastor based in Florida who is said to have promoted the film and who had also been sentenced to death in absentia, had his sentence reduced to five years in jail by the tribunal.
Egyptian courts usually hand out the maximum punishment — execution in this case for a blasphemy verdict — and send the decision to the state's top Islamic scholar to get his approval.
Tuesday's confirmation of the sentences occured (sic) after his opinions were taken. If the defendants do return to Egypt, they could get a new trial, according to legal experts. — AFP
Now… you have to realize that any ‘society’ that would seriously endorse (let alone embrace) the thought of killing a person based on something as trite, foolish and infantile as a ‘blasphemy law’, cannot and should not be taken seriously. Certainly not if you are viewing them with the eye of a modern and somewhat evolved person. And when I say ‘modern’, I mean as in any time after the Dark Ages. This particular brand of stupidity is of course not restricted to Egypt. It infests every society where Islam holds sway.
How insecure, how threatened do you have to feel to come up with something so absurd as a blasphemy law? Talk about not wanting someone else to point out how obviously faulted and nonsensical your particular religion happens to be. An educated person would acknowledge that religions per se, for as important as some people might see them, are based in the realm of make-believe. I always think back to the popular de-motivational poster which I once saw online: “JESUS… because believing in the Easter Bunny is just silly…”. How true… how very true.
It is the curse of human nature. To paraphrase George Carlin: “Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” I guess some people are simply more gullible than others.
So hold on to your delusions if you must, but be prepared to collide with the real world. Be prepared for the ridicule of those who live in the world of reality and whose lives are not governed or controlled by the whims and egos of so-called ‘religious leaders and imams’. Killing someone who does not share your particular ‘belief’…? That is howling insanity. You are not even on the same existential plane as the rest of the actually civilized people. There is not a religion out there which can withstand scrutiny, which can endure the acid test of plausibility, logic or reality. But the length to which these Islamic states will go in their hysteria to protect such a lie…??? Truly only when these sand-based countries are turned to glass, will the world finally be able to aspire to peace.