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Sharia on Saturday--Blasphemy!

Recently a young man tweeted….and now Saudi Arabia wants him dead for the crime of blasphemy.  How can Saudi Arabia claim a law that they stole from pagans?  Maybe they should rename their country, Silly Arabia, land of man gods.

An Arab proverb says: “Kill me, but do not mock my faith.”
I’d have to ask, and which faith would that be?

The truth is, the Quran does not say to kill anyone for blasphemy.  In fact, the Quran only uses the word a dozen times or so and not once does it say for anyone to kill a blasphemer.  That is left up to God.

3:55 Behold! God said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute

5:68 Say: "O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people without Faith

40:42  "Ye do call upon me to blaspheme against God, and to join with Him partners of whom I have no knowledge; and I call you to the Exalted in Power, Who forgives again and again
Yep, God deals with those who blaspheme, not humans, and certainly not humans pretending to be god.

And you won’t even find the words blasphemy or blaspheme in the Hadith. So if it’s not in the Quran or hadith, where did the blasphemy laws come from?

In Athens blasphemy was a crime.  Making fun of Ceres (a goddess of farmers, fertility and Moms) or Proserpine (another female goddess of springtime) could cause you a world of grief.
So they are following pagan laws!

‘In A.D. 538, the time of Justinian, the people are called upon to abstain from blasphemy, which provokes God to anger so they had to be killed.’
Or are they following ancient Byzantine laws?

‘Among the Franks, (A.D. 818), blasphemy was a capital offence and you would be killed.’
Do you think they are following these old laws?  We know they aren’t following the Quran.

Leviticus 24:10-16 10And the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel; and this son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp. And the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses (his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan); and they put him under guard, that the mind of the LORD might be shown them.  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, "Bring forth him that hath cursed outside the camp; and let all who heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, `Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. 16And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him. As well the stranger as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.
Now isn’t that interesting?  The mullahs and clerics who demand death for those they claim have blasphemed are not following the Quran, they’re following the Torah.  They’re Jews!

Thomas Aquinas says that “it is clear that blasphemy, which is a sin committed directly against God, is graver than murder, which is a sin against one's neighbor.
So they’re Christians!

Isa. 52:5; "And now what do I have here?" declares the LORD. "For my people have been taken away for nothing, and those who rule them mock," declares the LORD. "And all day long my name is constantly blasphemed.
I kinda think that’s funny.

Btw, Jesus was also accused of blasphemy.

Rev. 13:1, Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
Well, you knew there had to be a female in there with the blasphemers.

The persecution of pagans, Jews, Muslims and dissident Christians began in the early middle ages.  The Inquisition was one of the most powerful and scary institutions in Europe.  Victims were tortured for their confessions.
Are the king and his scholars imitating the Catholics?

‘In 1656, James Nayler, was found guilty for claiming equality with God. He was repeatedly set in the pillory and scourged; branded on the forehead with the letter ‘B’; had his tongue bored with a iron and was confined afterwards in prison and set to hard labour’
In England and in colonial America it was thought that a denial of Christianity could shake the foundation of society.
Or are they imitating the Protestants?  These are all considered to be People of the Book.

Salmaan Taseer was the Governor of Punjab, Pakistan.  He was killed in part because of his fight against the blasphemy laws.  This was a major blow to the Pakistan People’s Party who would like to move out of the dark ages and into the 21 century.  I hope they continue to fight their oppressors, freedom isn’t free but it’s worth the fight.  The west had to fight religious laws; too, it’s how the west was won.

And now we have Hamza Kashgari was a poet and a writer from Saudi Arabia.  On Muhammad’s birthday he tweeted a poem (sort of)

On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you've always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.

On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.

On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.
Muhammad would not have been mad at this at all as he knew he was just a messenger, that his only job was to deliver the message and if they believed the message, that was good, but if they didn’t believe the message, that was ok, too, and that he was no one’s father, and he knew he was not above any other messenger.  And he knew all that because it was part of the message he brought.  There is only one God and that God has no partners.  This king, his scholars and mullahs believe in a god who has partners.  They are God’s partners.

It was King Abdullah who ordered that Kashgari be arrested "for crossing red lines and denigrating religious beliefs in God and His Prophet."
Blasphemy!  He might have the authority to make up laws for his people, but he does not have the right to make up laws for God.

‘Kashgari described his intentions in terms of human rights: "I view my actions as part of a process toward freedom. I was demanding my right to practice the most basic human rights—freedom of expression and thought—so nothing was done in vain. I believe I'm just a scapegoat for a larger conflict. There are a lot of people like me in Saudi Arabia who are fighting for their rights."
And they have to start by challenging religious laws that were invented for pagans and the People of the Book. 

How can the final message be the same as the message for pagans?

Kashgari described the status of women's rights in Saudi Arabia by stating that Saudi women "won't go to hell 'because it's impossible to go there twice”
Brilliant remark!  So many pagan laws that need to be dumped.

Muhammad Afiq Muhammad Noor is his lawyer, and with a name like Muhammad, he had better know his Quran because that is his best defence.  I wish I could be there to assist him.

On the bright side, several contemporary Muslim scholars, including influential Islamic reformers, are speaking out in rejection of the blasphemy law, arguing for religious freedom.
This is their jihad.  They are compelled to fight oppression, even if it’s against their own brothers, so says the Quran. 

The king cannot say that this blasphemy law is Islamic because it is not.  The king will need to admit that this law is from the People of the Book…and the dreaded pagans. 
They way I see it; it is the King who has committed blasphemy.  But that doesn’t mean he should be killed, it does mean that he is not a good Muslim.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia still have the death penalty for blasphemy.  If 3rd world countries want to become 1st world countries, they’re going to have to knock this shit off.

And here’s the kicker.  You would think the King of Saudi Arabia would be bragging that his religion is the only religion that doesn’t demand death for blasphemy.  That should be a good thing!  The Quran is also the only God book that doesn’t demand death for apostasy.  Nor does it allow the stoning of adulterers or the killing of unbelievers.  So where is his pride?  Why does the King of Saudi Arabia insist on following the religious laws of the People of the Book and pagans?...and go unchallenged?  Is he ashamed of his religion?  I think he is.  Yes, he wears pretty dresses but what does that have to do with his religion?  Nothing.  He is lying to his people and he rules as an oppressor, by his own law he should kill himself.
And I find it odd and wrong that he follows every religion except his own.

I have so much fruit to make…..

Other sharia laws covered....

No building can be taller than a mosque

Honor killing...the facts

Stoning laws

Apostasy law

The ever so popular--Taqiyya and Kitman



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