Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Murder of Shahbaz Bhatti - Pakistan's Second Crime

It deeply saddens me to be writing, for the second time this year, of another Pakistani politician and decent man who was today shot dead by the Taliban for speaking out against the country’s arcane and dangerous blasphemy laws. Shahbaz Bhatti was leaving his mother’s house in his car when a flood of bullets fired down onto the vehicle. His death follows that of Salman Taseer, former governor of Punjab, who was murdered in broad daylight by his own bodyguard for opposing the same laws.

Shahbaz Bhatti  1968-2011
In my article about Taseer’s death, I said that his murder was not simply done in the name of religion, but that it was a direct result of religion; the religion of Islam and its practise of Sharia Law, which recommends death to any blasphemer who insults the prophet. After today, I stand by that conclusion. You just have to notice the glee and pride with which the Taliban claimed they committed the murder or the rose petals which Salman Taseer’s murderer found lining his way to the courthouse to know that this crime was motivated and carried out with unfazed and menacing Islam at its cold core. This is the black heart of a wicked idea. Any believer can, with divine warrant, proclaim themselves judge, jury and executioner, performing each one of these deeds with immunity. The two militants who sprayed Bhatti’s car with bullets left leaflets afterwards that ended “With the blessing of Allah, the mujahideen will send each of you to hell." Those wicked men who killed Bhatti today only did so because of their wicked religion. This is evil. Religion is evil. Islam is evil.

There is one shred of hope to emerge from this story. Shahbaz Bhatti provides us with a real life example of extreme courage. In January Batti filmed this video and asked it to be sent to the BBC in the event of his assassination. This is some of what he said in it:

“The forces of violence, militant organisations, the Taliban and al-Qaeda; they want to impose their radical philosophy in Pakistan. And whoever stands against their radical philosophy, they threaten them. When I’m leading this campaign against the Sharia Laws, for the abolishment of blasphemy laws, I’m speaking for the oppressed...” He continued “...I’m ready to die for a cause, I’m living for my community and suffering people and I will die to defend their rights. So these threats and these warnings cannot change my opinion and principles. I would prefer to die and follow my principles and for the justice of my community rather than to compromise on these threats.”

These are the words of a very brave human being. That there are people like him should provide us with the solace of at least a glimmer of hope.

Bhatti was the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet. To some extent his actions were probably motivated by his Christian beliefs. It is a shame that it took one fallacy to attack another greater one, but nonetheless the actions of Bhatti are to be highly commended.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the actions of the murderers “cowardly” but he is grossly mistaken. The men who have killed Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti are afraid of nothing. When they die, they believe they will receive an eternal reward. They will kill anyone because of their faith and they will die trying. Whilst these disgusting creatures are protected by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a nation that still refuses to amend the blasphemy laws, there will be no freedom of speech, conscience, or expression in that part of the world. We need more brave men and women to make a stand. The Taliban have their numbers, let’s hope we do too.



  1. certainly from a secular humanist perspective islam is total evil, even a brief review of islams theology & history easily verifies this negative assertion

    see the links in the pdf version below for more accurate info to counter islamic dissimulation and political correctness

    islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

    5 key things about islam

    1. mythical beliefs - all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

    2. totalitarianism - islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

    3. violence - islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

    4. dishonesty - only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo's peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

    5. misogyny - present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

    conclusions ??

    there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

    islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

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