They were convicted of “enmity with God”, which is a common charge made against critics of the government.
“We believe the universe was created for Mohammed, and we have the right to be the darlings of the universe. We darlings of the universe are your darlings by right, and you are very kind to us that you will keep us your darlings.
“The liberal intellectuals, the liberal politicians, the liberal middle class of the modern civilization or modern world, which has given a hope of survival to mankind, is committing its suicide instead of ensuring the future of mankind by pampering my ego, which says the universe belongs to me without any work that I do. I may do nothing. I was created a Muslim, so the extreme virtue I have committed just by being born: I came to the world, I have done this great favor that I was born, and I was born as a Muslim, so it is my right to be the most superior human being in the world.
“I can go with a penguin dress and a turban on my head and say, “No, I will not work, five times a day I will go for prayer. You pay me the wages because I am following my religion, and you must be ashamed of yourself that you object to my religion if you do.
“These are not my sarcastic remarks. These are the feelings of a genuine Muslim.”
Mobarak Haider urging Islamic reform and encouraging pressure on Islam to reform or evolve — to lose its narcissistic fix and change — September 24, 2012, Peace House, Oslo, Norway (quoted from the second video in the following series).
From the last video: “Hizb-ut-Tahrir” will never accept the responsibility for any act of terror, but they will prepare the Muslim mind to never go or act against that act of terror.”
Mobarak Haider is the author of Taliban: The Tip of a Holy Iceberg.
Readers may also enjoy an interview with Dr. Haider. “We Need Multiple Measures to Start a Return.” Viewpoint, July 2011.
The Bible burning took place back on September 16.
Muneeb Tahir — in the U.S., we would not want the cleric prosecuted for burning a book.
We don’t believe in burning books, but we will tolerate an act while judging it, each of us, naturally, privately.
For that matter, we don’t believe in murdering the authors of books that don’t appeal to us.
We leave them be, and if their actions, words, or works are truly bad (by way of craft, demeanor, or intetions), then we leave them to wake up in the morning naturally secure but perhaps isolated from the mainstream, and, because of “western” values and norms (quotations used because I don’t believe them exclusive to westerners but inclusive of all men and women everywhere equally), also broadly disrespected, marginalized, and shunned — all cultural and social effects opposite of the intentions of such lost and maddened peacocks.
The invention and exploitation of blasphemy laws, which are medieval legal technologies, serve to license sadism (in the name of unjust retribution) and theft.
Blasphemy laws are the work of venal men.
There is no God, no Allah, in them, and, indeed, they provide some men a way to masquerade as God — literally, to judge as if God — in the name of God.