While the police initially refused to arrest the child, the mob reportedly pushed them into it. Furthermore the child's parents have had to flee and hundreds of Christians have fled as a result of threats their homes will be burned down.
The context is an ongoing issue of the local Muslim community making complaints about Christian services. It therefore seems the most likely hypothesis is a trumped up charge against a victim unable to answer for herself.
Broader questions also come to mind. With hard-line fundamentalists now in control in Egypt and possibly on the verge of taking over in Syria you have to wonder whether similarly belligerent community relations will be seen there before long. What a tragedy that a minority of hate-filled extremists can so destroy communities that have basically managed to live side by side for centuries with tolerance and an attitude of mutual respect.
It is high time the moderates showed their humanity and civility by condemning extremists and seeking to promote peaceful coexistence. Or is it the case that they are too afraid to stick their heads above the parapet? Look what happened in Pakistan to those who tried:
...Pakistan’s Muslim community is infamous for taking the law into its own hands: a man accused of desecrating a Koran was dragged from a police station by a mob and beaten to death last month.
There have been no executions for blasphemy in the country, though Asia Bibi, a mother of five and a Christian, was sentenced to death two years ago. Bibi has not been executed as of yet, and may be pardoned of her death sentence.
Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Pakistani government politician Salmaan Taseer were both assassinated for opposing the blasphemy laws, in connection with Bibi’s case.
(Source: OP article)
Is it then perhaps the case that the only solution is for minority groups to vacate countries where Muslim fundamentalism prevails?
Is this, then, the true face of Muslim rule? And are we perhaps seeing the end of moderate Muslim societies across a large swathe of the planet in the wake of the Arab Spring?
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