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Friday, February 17, 2006

A Million Reasons Not to Offend...

Things are icing up around here. I had a hard time getting home this evening from work.

I hope that it all turns to snow. I am having some bad 'flashbacks' from the catastrophic ice storm that we had a few years ago.

I don't want to live that nightmare again.

Well... the wonderful religious leaders of Islam have decided to issue a $1 million bounty for the death of a Danish cartoonist.

And this isn't a "dead or alive" thing. They want him D.E.A.D.

An Associated Press article states that there are at least two clerics declaring bounties:

First: In Pakistan, a cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing the cartoonist. Denmark, where a newspaper first published the cartoons, temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan and advised its citizens to leave the country.



Second: In Pakistan, the cleric Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi said the mosque and the religious school he leads would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the caricatures - considered blasphemous by many Muslims. He said a local jewelers' association would also give $1 million, but no representative of the association was available to confirm the offer.

"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams of Islam that whoever insults the prophets deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," he said.




The article also reports on a Libyan riot:

It was the deadliest demonstration yet against the cartoons, which have set off violent protests throughout the Muslim world. At least 29 people have been killed altogether.

You would think that a publicly announced bounty on a civilian, by another civilian, would be against the law.

I mean, isn't that the same thing as hiring a killer?

You know, the conspiracy to murder thingy?

Do other countries have similar laws on that kind of stuff?

So is someone *thinking* about picking these guys up and putting them in jail or something?

Or are officials afraid that someone would be offended by jailing clerics.



One dead cartoonist...

$1,000,000.00

Converting to Islam...

Priceless?




later...

2 Comments:

Blogger Linda in Norman said...

THAT JUST PROVES THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD.

February 18, 2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hopefully folks will keep using their pens, and not be forced to quit by editors and governments.

later...

February 18, 2006 1:22 PM  

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