Prominent Jordanian Writer Murdered Outside of Blasphemy Trial

nahed_hattarimage001-e1471193063971We previously discussed the ridiculous case of prominent Jordanian writer, Nahed Hattar, 56, who was charged with blasphemy for merely sharing this cartoon. The charge was a disgrace for a nation that long prided itself on being a moderate Arab nation. It is increasingly succumbing to extreme Islamic voices and the charges against this writer were a worrisome development. Now he is dead. A man dressed in traditional Islamic garb shot and killed Hattar as he walked outside of the court in Amman.

Hattar was facing charges with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon, entitled The God of Daesh (ISIS), depicting an ISIS militant sitting next to two women and asking God to bring him a drink.

In another example of the contempt of extreme Islamic followers for the rule of law, Hattar was shot three times in the head as he waited to face the charges.

His brothers chased down the killer and held him.

I am less than impressed by cries of outrage from government officials. The government was responsible for these absurd charges and the denial of free speech protections. They set the stage that allowed this murderer to gun down a man waiting to defend himself.

40 thoughts on “Prominent Jordanian Writer Murdered Outside of Blasphemy Trial”

  1. wow! I am SO proud of my alma mater George Mason U – Milo is there tonite. Too bad, so sad about U of Maryland!!

  2. KarenS – this trend is expanding because we keep interfering and killing their families. Sure, we take out some bad actors, but the collateral damage is yuuge.

  3. “It is increasingly succumbing to extreme Islamic voices ” – how many countries in the Middle East and Africa does this statement now apply. The problem, really, is the overall trend rather than the slow fall of individual countries.

    We are seeing another extremist Islamic Expansion, such as the one that triggered the Crusades to push it back. This isn’t the the expansion of modern, Westernized, Shahs of Sunset in which the characters design lovely flowing Bohemian chic caftans and one of the beloved main characters is gay. No, this is the expansion of the mindset that would kill most of the characters on the show.

    Black irony – for the writer commenting on the absurdity of extremist Islam to be killed by extremist Islam, who doubtless demand Allah reward them as heroes

    1. Unless the Chinese are planning to unleash World War III, no we’re not.

  4. While there is context to this quote, Obama said this this: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” This writer was being tried and was murdered because he “slandered the prophet of Islam”. Obama isn’t going to say or do anything about this, because he likely sees this as justified.

  5. A few years ago something like this would have drawn shocked outrage from me, but now I am wondering if the assassin is actually the good guy. The killer nipped the press in the bud before they could help turn that society into a mucked up mess like ours. The gay Muslim journalist who is thinking about slipping in some pro-gay propaganda into the news will have to figure this could happen to him.

    There is something to be said for the “broken windows” approach to maintaining societal order.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

      1. Why would you ask that? Do you think the Jews were trying to undermine and destabilize Germany, and subvert its religious mores and societal values? Because if you do, that is kind of Nazi-ish on your part.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

      1. Yeah, amazing how an elected Democratic President can treat women poorly for decades and no one seems to care much. Even his wife accepted it ultimately. But let a Republican candidate for President apparently do something similar, and every woman in the country erupts in anger. And the wife, hilLIARy cLIARnton, who is the current Democrat candidate and performed poorly in a high government job and has done many illegal things on her own, is loved by those women. Just amazing.

  6. Dear President Obama,

    How bout you, Michelle and all the SJWs concerned about vetting immigrants move to Saudi Arabia or another theocratic Arab nation. And please take HRC and Bill with you!

  7. They have the government they want, so I’m good with it. Probably soon, our government will measure the amount of tribute they supply and if their leader measures up (he’s currently just the bestus guy–for now…). If it ain’t up to par, you’ll see another color revolution in the works.

    1. you’ll see another color revolution in the works.

      Palaeos are big belivers in (1) conspiracies and (2) the virtue of anyone the State department finds an irritant. Palaeos are also notable for adding precisely nothing salutary to political discussion.

  8. http://petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=264777&CatID=-1

    The top count was a sedition charge, not a blasphemy charge.

    am less than impressed by cries of outrage from government officials. The government was responsible for these absurd charges and the denial of free speech protections. They set the stage that allowed this murderer to gun down a man waiting to defend himself.

    They did nothing of the kind, unless it’s your contention that legally proscribing something is equivalent to sanctioning a mob hit on someone, a proposition more absurd than sedition or blasphemy charges.

    While we’re at it the man in question was a standard issue (non-Islarmic) Arab revanchist. Fifty years ago, you might have called him a Nasserist. He wasn’t some Arab whig, and it’s a reasonable wager he’d have no use for free speech if his peeps were calling the shots in Jordan.

  9. Am I to assume then you believe when a cop shoots a black criminal who refuses to put the gun down, that they got what they expected?

  10. When it comes down to it, the conditions of the environment determine what is free speech and what is yelling fire in a crowded theatre. In the Muslim world-not everywhere but most everywhere-it is a foregone conclusion that if you ‘blaspheme’ Islam in any way whatsoever, you will be nailed to the cross. From our environment and its conditions the cartoon was more than acceptable, perhaps even necessary. Artists and others constantly illustrate religion’s place in our society, beneath greater rights and privileges. In the Islamic world, however, this is simply not so. In the Islamic world religion is above all else. One has to empathize and applaud this journalist and hopefully his murderer will be used as a statement for rights greater than religion, but one also has to ask, did this guy yell fire in a crowded theater and not that he got what he deserved but didn’t he get what was expected. Psychologists might label this a ‘Christ’ thing or whatnot, where someone knowingly brings on their demise in the name of a missing good. This has a long history in this part of the world. Zealots have been coming out of the deserts of the Middle East for thousands of years pointing out what was wrong and what should be right.

    Kinda makes one appreciate our part(s) of the world where freedoms trump religion and circuses are the manner in which we approach that which is most sacred. There is the Vatican Circus, the Mecca Circus, and then the Election Circus. Even our Election Circus comes with fancy headgear, for some.

    1. “Zealots have been coming out of the deserts of the Middle East for thousands of years pointing out what was wrong and what should be right.”

      What the insane say is wrong is meaningless in the real world.

    2. By this reasoning, Islam would only be allowed to evolve into more extremism, since criticizing extremism may be “yelling fire in a crowded room” and may therefor end in your death.

      Yelling fire in a crowded room causes physical and immediate danger, because panicked people stampeded, running over the smaller, weaker, and anyone who trips. (In that nightclub fire there were piles of women inside the club who got run over and burned to death.) Therefore, fraudulently causing a panic, when you know there is no fire, results in bodily injury or death, as well as damage to the establishment in the ensuing panic.

      This prohibition means that you cannot use free speech in order to physically harm someone.

      Criticizing religion, either here or abroad, upsets some people mentally. It may hurt their feelings. It may make them feel very uncomfortable, or make them question their religious leaders. They are not in physical danger. Rather, the mob gets angry, and engages in violence because they have never learned that getting angry or upset does not mean you can go kill someone.

      Most of us here, outside of jail, differentiate between upsetting words and physical danger. In other countries, they apparently do not.

      It is true that any critic of a Middle Eastern government or Islam takes his very life in his hands with the very mildest of criticism. I viewed the cartoon as a very mild rebuke, one that I would expect an Imam to make. That extremists behave as if Allah is their servant, that they shall be granted X and Y if they kill someone upon the orders of another man. If you cannot even say that extremism is disrespectful of Allah, without being killed for being disrespectful of Allah, then they may be too far gone to save. It’s madness.

      Change must come from within. We are not Rome willing to do what Rome did to conquer nations and spread their values by force and a few iron bulls. So it has to come from within. But look at the obstacles they face. Reformers are very courageous.

    3. Just because you briefly touched on it,
      Kind reminder from George Carlin that we don’t have any rights, let alone ‘greater rights’…

      Now if you think you do have rights, one last assignment for you. In the search field for Wikipedia, I want you to type in “Japanese Americans 1942” and you’ll find out all about your precious rights, okay? In 1942, there were 110,000 Japanese American citizens in good standing, law-abiding people who were thrown into internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair trial, no right to a jury of their peers no right to due process of any kind. The only right they had: “Right this way” into the internment camps! Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took them away! And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter.

  11. Sounds like the Huey Long assassination. However, I think the government had a hand in it.

  12. It’s a sad commentary on mankind that our minds are so easily corrupted by religious fantasies.

  13. Dear President Obama – clearly our nation is much too free – please import as many people like the guy that killed this writer to help put an end to free thought and expression – clearly such things are terribly dangerous.

    1. Dear President Obama – clearly our nation is much too free – please stop funding and arming insurgents to incite civil wars which result in diaspora, so that we don’t have to import as many people like the guy that killed this writer.

    1. What gave you the idea the fellow he dispatched was some sort of ‘moderate’?

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