By John Hinderaker | Powerline
From Pakistan, another in a long series of horrifying news stories: because of a (presumably false) rumor that they had burned pages of a Koran, a Christian couple was burned alive by a mob of Muslims:
Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran, family spokesman Javed Maseeh told NBC News via telephone late Thursday. Their legs were also broken so they couldn’t run away.
“They picked them up by their arms and legs and held them over the brick furnace until their clothes caught fire,” he said. “And then they threw them inside the furnace.”
Bibi, a mother of four who was four months pregnant, was wearing an outfit that initially didn’t burn, according to Javed Maseeh. The mob removed her from over the kiln and wrapped her up in cotton to make sure the garments would be set alight.
This outrage prompted the President of the Pakistan Christian Congress to write a letter to President Obama:
It is surprising that neither US Administration under your honor nor US State Department even bothered to condemn this horrific crime of burning live of Christian couple by a mob living in country named Islamic Republic of Pakistan which is receiving billions of aid of US taxpayers.
I would appeal your honor to put pressure on government of Pakistan to end misuse of blasphemy laws against Christian, Ahamadiyyia and other religious minorities and condition US Aid to Pakistan on human rights and repeal of blasphemy laws.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama to Obama to do anything about the persecution of Christians. Who knows, it might cause an anti-Muslim backlash! What I want to know is, are the 1,200 people who comprised the mob that burned the Maseehs alive “real” Muslims? Or are they just a handful of deviants who defame the beautiful message of the Prophet?
Actually, the story is the same wherever Muslims dominate. Westerners naturally focus on Islamic terrorism that is directed at them, but that is only one aspect of a pervasive pathology. If you follow the link above, you can read accounts of Muslim persecution of Christians in Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, East Jerusalem, Malaysia, Kenya, Nigeria, Syria, the Islamic State and elsewhere. The author, Raymond Ibrahim, performs a tremendous service by chronicling the persecution of Christians on a regular basis. Like the President of the Pakistan Christian Congress, he must be baffled that hardly anyone seems to care.