Muslims in Pakistan Raid Police Station, Beat Mentally Ill Man To Death, And Burn His Body For Blasphemy

Bahawalpur Pakistan was the scene of a horrific crime after thousands of Muslims were told by religious leaders to raid a police station and punish a man accused of ripping pages out of a Koran. The mentally ill man was accused of blasphemy, but never saw a courtroom. The mob pulled him from the police station, beat him to death and then set his body on fire.

Pakistan’s blasphemy law imposed the death penalty on those who insult Muhammad or the Koran. However, no charges are being considered against the people who used the loudspeakers of the local mosques to send the mob into the police station to brutally murder the man. Thousands responded, burning police cars and wounding officers before breaking into the station. Even the police chief’s home was attacked.

I am not sure why (since this took hours) additional help from the military or other police units could not be acquired.

I have written extensively on the rise of blasphemy or hate speech prosecutions against religious critics in the West. The Obama Administration has been working with Pakistan and other Muslim nations to develop an international standard for blasphemy prosecutions. The West has steadily yielded to the demands of religious groups that free speech must be curtailed in the name of faith. At the same time, West governmental and religious leaders have denounced agnostics and atheists as one of the greatest threats facing the West (here and here and here and here). President Obama and Hillary Clinton have been facilitating this trend by working with Muslim nations to develop an international standard allowing for the prosecution of those who insult religion. The Administration has drawn a dangerous line with Muslim countries in first supporting the concept of an international blasphemy standard. As I have mentioned before, the efforts of the Obama Administration to work with these countries on an international blasphemy standard is a threat to free speech around the world. After first supporting an international blasphemy standard, the Administration sought to get Pakistan and other countries to adopt the Brandenburg standard as the basis for such prosecutions. This case also shows why the use of the Brandenburg standard is so dangerous in the hands of such officials who view free speech as the cause of imminent violence. Because any joke or image of the Prophet can trigger violence, the standard is immediately satisfied in countries like Egypt, which can then claim some legal legitimacy under the standard created with the United States.

Of course, it remains a mystery how such deeply religious people would believe that God wants them to beat a mentally ill man to death and burn his body — after attacking police officers and destroying property. Such horrific scenes will continue absent prosecutions of the ring leaders. The failure to bring such charges would add an element of complicity to this unspeakable crime.

Source: Brisbane Times as first seen on Reddit

56 thoughts on “Muslims in Pakistan Raid Police Station, Beat Mentally Ill Man To Death, And Burn His Body For Blasphemy

  1. international blasphemy standard, hhhmmmm…. maybe there should be an international color standard, international hands clasped while praying standard, an international intelligence standard, an international beauty standard, and international laughing standard, an international handshake/bowing standard…… disturbing and only leads to more citizen “judgments.” God help us…..

  2. You sure you didn’t confuse this with the South…….USA…… Accused and convicted on what…..

  3. “The Obama Administration has been working with Pakistan and other Muslim nations to develop an international standard for blasphemy prosecutions.”

    I think it should be the same as the standard in the United States:

    In this country, the full and free right to entertain any religious belief, to practice any religious principle, and to teach any religious doctrine which does not violate the laws of morality and property and which does not infringe personal rights is conceded to all. The law knows no heresy, and is committed to the support of no dogma, the establishment of no sect. The right to organize voluntary religious associations to assist in the expression and dissemination of any religious doctrine, and to create tribunals for the decision of controverted questions of faith within the association and for the ecclesiastical government of all the individual members, congregations, and officers within the general association, is unquestioned.

    Watson v Jones, 80 U.S. 679, 729-730, (1871). The ecclesiastical courts should only have the power to suspend membership or expel members, not to punish them corporeally.

  4. “Of course, it remains a mystery how such deeply religious people would believe that God wants them to beat a mentally ill man to death and burn his body — after attacking police officers and destroying property.”

    ***************************

    It’s no mystery to Voltaire:

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

  5. If you can find a Koran in your vicinity: rip the pages out. Send them to the Pakistani embassy in DC. Send them to that Muslim Congressman cited in the first article. If you dont have any postage then hang them in the appropriate place in lieu of the Sears Roebuck Catalogue in the nearest outhouse.

  6. ithcinBayDog. Ig Latin Pay. Everything in moderation. Support India in its conflicts with Pakistan. Ask your Congressman to support legislation getting the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Pakistan or any Stan. Stan The Man is over 90 so leave him out of it.

  7. Religion is a mental illness. It operates like a computer virus that finds a chink in the software to insert itself and do damage, only the concept of “religion” fits into a flaw in human psychology and causes people to go mad.

    I say that in terms of the fanatical variety that leads someone to take violent actions because of their beliefs about some Invisible Sky Wizard, not for those who use religious tenets as a basis for leading a kinder, more moral life. I used to respect the concept of religion, until I started working as a nurse in psychiatric wards and saw how often paranoid schizophrenics would assert their murderous fantasies in terms of religious ideas. “God wants me to kill” and “The Devil causes me to ______.” Lots of mentally ill people have violent desires, but religion provides a handle for them to hold onto and justify those desires.

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s Islam, Christianity, Hinduism — check out the Hindu-on-Muslim violence in India — or any of the past religions that have fallen on the dung heap of history (as will the current cults that humanity now ascribes to.) It would be great if beings from outer space would arrive on Earth to say “All your silly stories about god-ghosts are the babblings of a species that has been stuck on an isolated rock and thinks that you are all that there is. Here’s how the universe really works.” Only if “they” ever did come, the religious nut-jobs of ALL faiths would just say “Those beings are demons sent by the Devil” and keep on believing in their chosen stupidity anyway.

  8. Religion can be defined as an expression of insanity. One criteria would be to say that those who for periods of more that x months believe in supernatural beings, supernatueral happenings, and guidance from these sources are so declared aa mentally incompetent.

    Now if the person is peacefully inclined, with ethics of suitable social nature, says nothing as to their insanity, ie relation to reality.

    I vote for Voltaire. Wish he were still around to help deal with today’s problems. But his words still are pertinent.

  9. BarkinDog 1, July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    If you can find a Koran in your vicinity: rip the pages out. Send them to the Pakistani embassy in DC. Send them to that Muslim Congressman cited in the first article. If you dont have any postage then hang them in the appropriate place in lieu of the Sears Roebuck Catalogue in the nearest outhouse.
    ———————————–
    Would you do the same to a Bible? ok, if that’s what you want to do, but please don’t exhort others to do the same. It’s an act of incitement. No matter how wrong-headed one might think of the religious, they think similarly of those who are not. Maybe we, including, especially, those who would stone, burn, or shun should just leave each other alone.
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    Criminal charges should be brought against those inciting the violence in addition to those doing the violence in Pakistan.

  10. I wonder what kind of situation would unfold if we continue on this lecherous path of enforcing criminal blasphemy laws. I can easily see a situation where someone in the U.S. writes a story some religious wonk in another country finds offensive and due to the reach of the internet claims jurisdiction in their country for blasphemy. Then, the foreign ministry in that country issues an extradiction request and our state department grants extradition per treaty and some judge allows it.

    Say goodbye to the First Amendment then.

  11. “It’s no mystery to Voltaire:

    ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.’ ” (mespo)

    Ah, Voltaire … so intimately in touch with the “spirit that underlies all expressions of life” … the Enlightenment lives on.

  12. Blouise:

    “Ah, Voltaire … so intimately in touch with the “spirit that underlies all expressions of life” … the Enlightenment lives on.”

    ***********************************

    A witty saying proves nothing.
    ~Voltaire

    And so it does …

  13. mespo,

    I don’t know if you’re done for the day … hopefully you’ll come back around and see this.

    Late, late Weds. night I caught a Charlie Rose “round table discussion” with several leading historians, two of whom are presently “living with” Jefferson in preparation for presenting us with new books on the third President. The overall topic was Obama from a historian’s standpoint but a couple of remarks about Jefferson were very titillating and I thought you might find the program interesting. It’s a little under an hour and here’s the link:

    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12439

  14. Blouise,

    Thanks for letting us plebes look over the elites’ shoulders. Snark, snark, guffaw, guffaw. How’s the temps in those rarefied altitudes (literally, symbolically, wittily???)
    Missed ya’.

  15. The court, and the mob are evil. Jesus is not in a killing mob. Gog ,and Magog will have humans that want tr kill trying to take the city of God, revelation 20 KJV. The humans that kill are evil. The Koran should be destroyed. All Muslims need to destroy a book that makes them kill.

  16. id707,

    Nothing like a heatwave on the shores of the Great Lakes! It is downright miserable outside. Not supposed to let up till Sunday.

    Do you get heatwaves in Sweden or maybe the better question is: What constitutes a heatwave in Sweden … how high does the temperature have to climb?

  17. Blouise,
    It is a cool 100 degrees again here in Northern Illinois for the 3rd day in a row! We could use some Swedish cool air…and rain.

  18. It is not raining for two days straight. But overcast.
    The temp is about 70 and the humidity not noticeable.
    Swedes get uncomfortable at 90, that’s a heat wave.
    I do at 80, but that’s age.

    How are they playing ít in the news? Local? National?

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  19. …Record-Breaking Heat wave Continues into Weekend…

    The record-breaking heat wave currently affecting parts of the central and eastern U.S. will continue into the weekend. Heat Advisories, Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings are in effect from the central Plains to the Atlantic coast. Some relief will come from a frontal boundary that will move across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday and into the Ohio Valley and Northeast by Sunday.”

    Raleigh expecting 105 tomorrow Saturday.

    NB no storm warnings but could be with frontal passage.

  20. “President Obama and Hillary Clinton have been facilitating this trend by working with Muslim nations to develop an international standard allowing for the prosecution of those who insult religion. The Administration has drawn a dangerous line with Muslim countries in first supporting the concept of an international blasphemy standard. As I have mentioned before, the efforts of the Obama Administration to work with these countries on an international blasphemy standard is a threat to free speech around the world.”
    —————–

    This is an incredibly dangerous path to go down. Considering how closely religion is tied to some governments this will criminalize political speech in many countries and other countries will be required to assist in the prosecution of it. I see this working like the whole copyright law enforcement situation across borders is currently working, the Kim Dotcom/Mrgaupload would be a good example.

    I was thinking this Wednesday that if the holiday meant anything to us anymore a space across from every city hall would be set aside so that citizens could come and burn flags, holy books and effigies of politicians. It just seemed appropriate.

  21. Idealist, Its (again 107.5 here today, the third day in the 10 days, 90-100+ is the rule here for a couple of weeks and more days have been above 90 degrees than below it since June 1. It’s brutal and rain has been very scarce. Most of the outdoor plants I overwinter indoors that I took outside (mostly cacti, caudex and succulent plants) have been sunburned and are not doing well! Our local farmers are hurting.

  22. mespo,

    I was fascinated with the discussion and insights offered on Obama and other Presidents. One particular comment about Jefferson’s expanding the powers of the office which weren’t fully utilized till Jackson came along intrigued me … can’t wait to read all about it.

  23. id707,

    That was SwM who went to the mountains in Colorado … I went to West Virginia which was as hot as hell even up in the mountains. Now I’m back home on Lake Erie suffering.

  24. lotta,

    Our local farmers are in trouble also though we have enjoyed some localized storms thanks to the Lake-effect. The storms have done nothing to break the heatwave.

  25. “Of course, it remains a mystery how such deeply religious people would believe that God wants them to beat a mentally ill man to death and burn his body — after attacking police officers and destroying property.”

    REALLY? This is a mystery? We’ve been writing history for, what, 3,000 years and this is TODAY considered a “mystery”?

    Deeply religious people have “believed” that God wants them to burn women alive as “witches,” right? Deeply religious people “believed” that God wanted them to torture homosexual men until they cracked under the pain and revealed others with whom they had had sex so they too could be tortured and/or killed. Deeply religious people have “believed” that God wanted them to bury people up to their upper chest and throw smallish stones at their heads until they were dead, while cheering and screaming, right? Deeply religious people have “believed” that God wanted them…

    Nevermind.

    If this is a mystery, we have no right to be wowed when the odd dolphin bursts into flames on a lovely day in spring.

  26. Rewligon has proved its self to be demonic by their actions. The way they behave prove to all that the Muslims beliefs are demonic. They should of their own accord destroy the temples, and whatever they bow down to to worship. The Muslims have the Kaaba, Mecca, and Koran which they kill whoever damages that book. .Obama should not protect those heartless religions with anything that is written on paper at all. The Muslims need to repent or they will populate Gog,and Magog.

  27. Rligon has proved its self to be demonic by their actions. The way they behave prove to all that the Muslims beliefs are demonic. They should of their own accord destroy the temples, and whatever they bow down to to worship. The Muslims have the Kaaba, Mecca, and Koran which they kill whoever damages that book. .Obama should not protect those heartless religions with anything that is written on paper at all. The Muslims need to repent or they will populate Gog,and Magog.

  28. Religion has proved its self to be demonic by their actions. The way they behave prove to all that the Muslims beliefs are demonic. They should of their own accord destroy the temples, and whatever they bow down to to worship. The Muslims have the Kaaba, Mecca, and Koran which they kill whoever damages that book. .Obama should not protect those heartless religions with anything that is written on paper at all. The Muslims need to repent or they will populate Gog,and Magog.

  29. Obama is in gross error wanting to protect such monsters. Obama would-have to be a Muslin to be willingly blind to the atrocities they have done,and want to protect them in that way.

  30. Could we please lock these people up in a large room with the Westboro Baptist Church and American Family Association crowds for a few hours? Be sure they have a large supply of blunt objects on hand. They deserve each other.

  31. HA,HA.,HA great plan,They would have to be in suspended animation,, and awaken on their own in the room with the Westboro Baptist Church and the humans from the American Family Association . Have a page or two out of the Koran, and accusations would fly. it would be like having nitroglycerine.in the room.

  32. BettyKath: Your right. Stirring up people who a programmed into relgious beliefs cannot be saved. But I will relate one story which is true about what Christians will do when desparate and seemingly in private.
    The boys in the dogpak removed the toilet paper in the outhouse along with the Sears Roebuck catalogue. They put in a version of the Sears Roebuck Bible instead. Well the attendees did not bring any toilet paper and after push came to shove and they were in desparate need of a b___ wipe they went ahead and tore some pages out of the book of Job and wiped. The dogs report that when they left the outhouse they were to a man, all cussing. Four out of five defiled the good book and one left with his left hand concealed.

  33. I detect slight hysterical tones here and there. Some usual from Hughes, several unusual. Obviously overstressed. In myself, signs of senility when I still can’t keep SwM and Blouise apart as to residences. Will have to make up a mnemonic. Lesseee…..

    Not to torture but inform—5 day outlook for Stockholm:
    One day high ca 78, rest lower. Mostly cloudy days, clear nights. No rain. Currently from my balcony: Sun through light hazy clouds, balmy, light easterly wind. Perfect even for elderly men. Nighttime tropical temps>20C/68F.

    Won’t ask how Woosty is making out. Miserable. Lotta has suffered with her cactii, succulent, etc. My wife had the opposite problem in June: nightfrosts could take early outed plants, put them under the porch roof was her solution. Maybe a sunshade would help them there.

    A plastic sack with icecubes and a glass of cold tea is recommended for all.

    Oddly at 3AM yourtime WashDC was expecting major cooldown today. 85 I believe, long before the front on Sunday.

    The current worldwide consensus of meteorologists is that dry places will get drier (and hotter) and wet places wetter. (I could say it scientifically but trying to talk “normal” now. Arid, precipitation etc)

    So generalizing more, those with oceanic climates will get more rain (Stockholm), and those with continental will get less. Do your own figuring where you are. Nice desert developing in St. Louis,MO. A little tip.

    Climate change? Nah, it’s always like this in Texas. That’s why we all are nuts here—-except SwM.

    Answer: Stake the 0.1 percent out in the Sahara, face up.
    Add 0.1 percent a week. Action guaranteed.

  34. And illusion of knowledge is the greatest danger. This is a war between education and ignorance. Between knowledge and the illusion of knowledge.

  35. This is the kind of news that Leftists and LIberals take great delight in. They hate America and they Love Islam. They already have Sharia Law in many areas of the UK and France, and they want the same thing and more to happen in the United States. Law, order, decency, culture, and civilization are anathema to the Liberals/Leftists. Obama is best suited to help the Leftists and Liberals in these objectives.

  36. Ooo. Sweeping generalizations followed by unsubstantiated claims! Delicious.

    Don’t worry, Ralph.

    Some liberals don’t love fundamentalist or radical forms of any religion, including yours.

  37. Te one above is not a religion. He is a true Christin that sees the terribleness of Islam. Those Islamic humans are slick talkers that bite like an adder. The french and UK need to toss them out like they toss out trash. The liberals,and leftists are outside of religion. They are the humans Obama need to support.They are the down trodden like the gays which is supported but the zoosexuals, furry of the furry fandom and others the legal system to oppress.. Christianity is not in a religion. Most definably not in Islam. Obama needs to pull support from them never to give it back.. The Muslims will not crush to powder all that they bow too. They will continue to kill; humans that they say do not respect the name of Mohammed.

  38. Why not? I have a long list of reasons, and biblical reasons why Sex with another species is not bad as all but hatred is because hatred is murder to God. Humans need to be like Jesus lifting up the down trodden not trampling them like a herd of wild beasts. Humans are animals that are born,and die. .To think you are not is all in the head that you think with, and no where else.

  39. it’ not Muslims in Pakistan raid police station. it’s people who raid to police station. you can not separate Muslims from their own Muslim country where the population is %100 of them Muslims.sounds like Muslims are fighting for other religions in Pakistan.you may say fundamentalist/nationalist are. only angered ideologies would separate people from their government. or only a corrupted governments would provoke their people. I am trying to make a sense of this post headlines. sounded to me little bit a prejudice against 1 billion Muslims around the globe and many are have no idea what’s going on around the world within the poverty. _*Occupy The Prejudice against any Religion, we fight against religious hatred and prejudice, includes innocent believers of Islam and Atheist’s human rights. all are protected by the US constitution. thank you..!!

  40. it’ not Muslims in Pakistan raid police station. it’s people who raid to police station. you can not separate Muslims from their own Muslim country where the population is %100 of them Muslims.sounds like Muslims are fighting for other religions in Pakistan.this post should say fundamentalist/nationalist are. only angered ideologies would separate people from their government. or only a corrupted governments would provoke their people. I am trying to make a sense of this post headlines. sounded to me little bit a prejudice post against 1 billion Muslims around the globe and many are have no idea what’s going on around the world within the poverty. when Hitler / Nazis committed atrocities against civilians *We don’t say Baptist Catholics are commit crimes against humanity but We all said Nazis crimes against humanity.? is that make sense anyone??_*Occupy The Prejudice against any Religion, we fight against religious hatred and prejudice, includes innocent believers of Islam and Atheist’s human rights. all are protected by the US constitution. thank you..!!

  41. Muslims are only fighting for their own religion. .Muslims are soft spoken humans that lull humans like a snake charmer to end up being totalitarian dictators that would but all dictators to shame.

  42. all those corrupted dictators powers are created by conspiring corporate wealth and corrupt politics to control modern time European economical Colonism. Islam doesn’t teach greed and social freedom like west. so many people doesn’t understand individual freedoms. they only obey their country and they trust their governments. so, they get screwed by the corruption… thank you Jonathan.

  43. If the Muslims were for individual freedoms wouldn’t we have seen evidence of that? Humans have not seen evidence of that. .What humans have seen is blatant unashamed evidence against individual freedom, correct,Tim Tur

  44. Gene sez:

    Ooo. Sweeping generalizations followed by unsubstantiated claims! Delicious.

    Don’t worry, Ralph.

    Some liberals don’t love fundamentalist or radical forms of any religion, including yours.

    *********************************

    What Gene said. Subscribe.

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