December 27, 2012

Spain Refuses Asylum For Pakistani Blasphemer

Imran Firasat could face death for Blasphemy in Pakistan because he made a movie about Mohammad.

Spain has begun deportation proceedings against Imran Firasat, a Christian refugee from Pakistan, for making a documentary about Mohammed and thereby threatening the national security of Spain. If Firasat is deported back to Pakistan, he will face the death penalty proving that it's a short step from the Spanish Inquisition to the Pakistani Inquisition.

The United States has a man sitting in prison for making another blasphemous movie, which the government spent weeks blaming for worldwide attacks on American embassies. And he isn't the first man persecuted or prosecuted for offending Islam. Offending Islam has become a national security issue involving all levels of government.

Ahh Spain, home of the inquisition. Well some of the most famous parts anyway. Under the Inquisition blasphemy would have also been punishable by death.

Can you imagine the cries of outrage if the a nation state still used the Catholic Church or any other Christian law to impose such a penalty for blasphemy in the modern west?

But Islam and Pakistan will get a pass, because of, you know, the cowardice.

threatening the national security of Spain
I don't blame them for being afraid. They have every reason to be afraid. It's the other thing.
Blasphemy makes terrorism seem predictable. It delivers that false sense of control that is at the root of Stockholm Syndrome, the seductive illusion that the thug can be reasoned with and that we can restore control over our perilous environment by accepting responsibility for the enemy's violence. If we meet a set of conditions then we will have peace. And what kind of lunatic wouldn't want peace? The kind who needs to be deported or locked up in the name of peace.
Hat Tip: Tarek.

By Howie at 09:03 AM | Comments |