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"Alleging blasphemy, fanatics hack professor's hand" - article

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posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 12:55 PM
The link is to The Times Of India online, dated July 5 2010, I don't see the author's name for me to cite...

Alleging blasphemy, fanatics hack lecturer's hand

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to the Prophet.

Lecturer T J Joseph was returning home from church with his mother and sister around 8.30 am in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district when he was accosted by the attackers. "We had just got into our car when a van pulled up in front. Around eight people armed with swords and knives emerged and pulled out Joseph after smashing the windscreen. They then chopped off his right hand and stabbed him in the left thigh," said Joseph's sister, Mary Stella, a nun.

"When we tried to prevent them, they attacked me and and our mother before exploding bombs and fleeing."

A police team recovered the severed hand from the compound of a house about 200m away. The 52-year-old lecturer was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is serious.

Police recovered the van in which the fanatics reached the scene. Two men, said to be activists of the Popular Front, a new incarnation of the hardline National Democratic Front, have also been taken into custody. Special police squads are searching sensitive areas in and around the town. "Personnel from this district and neighbouring places are working as a team and we'll nab the assailants soon," said IG B Sandhya.

In March this year, Islamic outfits had carried out protests against Joseph, who was a lecturer in the church-run Newman college in Thodupuzha in Idukki district over a portion in the Malayalam question paper for an internal examination for BCom students. They claimed that the question paper insulted the Prophet. The college later suspended Joseph who had set the questions and a criminal case was registered against him. The case is pending trial.

Reacting to the incident, state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters in New Delhi that the police would probe if any communal or terrorist outfit was involved. The BJP alleged that the home department could not evade responsibility for the growth of terror outfits in Kerala. "This is a direct consequence of the soft attitude adopted by the Left and Congress towards terrorist outfits," said BJP state chief V Muraleedharan.

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posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 01:10 PM
If your religion requires you to rule by making others fear...then chances are, your religion cannot stand on merit alone.

Thats all I gotta say about that.

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by SaturnFX

Well said SaturnFX.

In a horrific instance of Talibanism

Fundamentalism perhaps, or just plain crime. Or do we have a new word?

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 01:15 PM
reply to post by SaturnFX

Yeah, what strikes me is, if blasphemy will cause me to burn in the afterlife, wouldn't that be punishment enough? Is God contracting out his enforcement? I know "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord" is a different religion, but, uh, how about the simple charm of "Mind Your Own Business" ...

[edit on 5-7-2010 by nine-eyed-eel]

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 01:22 PM
reply to post by nine-eyed-eel

I really need to read the quran...clearly somewhere in there it states
"I am a weak god, I need for my followers to hurt those whom make fun of me or my prophets because I cant do anything about it myself".

I mean...why else would fanatical followers decide to take matters into their own hand..

So much for all powerful...If you need a human to deal out your punishments...heh.

Message to the moderate muslims: Lash out loudly against your primate is insulting to a all powerful diety to insinuate he requires human help to punish those whom talk against him or Allah so weak as to need this? Time to decide...either its a weak God, or the people whom do these acts are acting against Allah and indeed are blaspheming with their actions, showing a weak God

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 02:10 PM
reply to post by SaturnFX

Islam is no different than other organized religions; unfortunately fanatics are everywhere. The book itself is no worse than the Bible or any other religious text. It is how the people interpret it in order to promote their own agenda is what I am against.

What can you do? Muslims chop off hands in those countries, Christians kill doctors here for performing abortions etc.

Same fundamentalist ^&%*, different country.


posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 02:20 PM
reply to post by Kharron

Those are two very just points...fanatics are everywhere, as part of the human group, and, it is hard to imagine how to write a text that cannot be functionally-twisted through some interpretation...

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 04:38 PM
reply to post by nine-eyed-eel

Ooo-wee, more fun with blasphemy...Blasphemy rules OK...Blasphemy is like MSG for your food, it makes everything so much more vivid...

The link is to, dated June 29 2010, I see no author listed for me to credit...

‘Blasphemy Laws’ Used to Jail Elderly Christian in Pakistan

FAISALABAD, Pakistan, June 29 (CDN) — A Muslim vying with a Christian for a parcel of land here has accused the elderly man of “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet Muhammad, which is punishable by death or life imprisonment, according to the Christian Lawyers’ Foundation (CLF).

Jhumray police on June 19 arrested Rehmat Masih of village No. 165/RB Jandawali in Faisalabad district under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s controversial “blasphemy laws,” and he was sent to Faisalabad District Jail on judicial remand by Magistrate Muhammad Sajawal.

Section 295-C states that “whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punishable with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall be liable to fine.”

Christian sources said Masih, who suffers from arthritis, is 85 years old, though the First Information Report against him lists his age as 73.

The CLF’s Rai Navid Zafar Bhatti told Compass that hard-line Muslim Muhammad Sajjid Hameed filed the charges after learning that he would not be able to secure the Punjab Province land.

“He used the weapon of last resort, the controversial Blasphemy Laws’ Section 295-C, which preponderantly unbalances the scales of justice,” Bhatti said.

CLF President Khalid Gill said local Christian residents led by Masih had applied to the Punjab government to secure it for construction of a Christian residential area, and Hameed also had applied for the same parcel for commercial projects.

Hameed has testified in court that Masih made derogatory remarks about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, and Khadija, the first wife of the founder of the religion, Bhatti said.

Gill said Masih has testified that he said nothing “humiliating” about Muhammad or Khadija.

“I am not a blasphemer, nor I can think of such a sinister thing, which is against the teachings of Christ,” Masih testified, according to Gill.

A CLF fact-finding team found that in April the frail Masih had argued with Hameed and several other Muslim hardliners – Shahbaz Khalid, Afzaal Bashir, Muhammad Aamer, Akber Ali and Asghar Ali – about the Virgin Mary, said Gill.

“At that time the elderly Masih, who at present is languishing in Faisalabad District Jail and facing discriminatory behavior and apathy of Muslim inmates and jail wardens, did not know that this altercation with Muslim men would lead to imprisonment for him,” Gill said.

Three of Hameed’s friends who backed him during the argument, 25-year-old Aamer, 45-year-old Akber Ali and 40-year-old Asghar Ali, have testified in support of Hameed’s accusation, according to Bhatti.

The CLF fact-finding team, led by Babu William Rose, a local Faisalabad Christian representative, found that Masih was also accused because he was a politically active member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam party (PML-Q), while Hameed supports the PML-Nawaz Sharif (PML-N).

Representatives of the National Commission for Justice and Peace also asserted that Masih’s political views played a role in Hameed having him jailed under Pakistan’s blasphemy statues, saying that Hameed was using the power of the PML-N, which rules Punjab province, to implicate Masih in the case.

Gill and Azher Kaleem of the CLF sternly condemned the incarceration of Masih and said that the blasphemy laws must be repealed at once as they are widely used to take vengeance in personal or land disputes.

Section 295-A of the blasphemy laws prohibits injuring or defiling places of worship and “acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class of citizens.” Section 295-B makes willful desecration of the Quran or a use of its extract in a derogatory manner punishable with life imprisonment.

Masih is the father of seven adult daughters and four grown sons.

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