Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
David Wood Lays Out Islam's Problem
04/30/2010 - James WhiteMy friend David Wood provides an excellent example of the historical problem of Islam. I hope to be joining David on Jesus or Muhammad in June around the same time I debate a Shia Muslim Imam in the area, but as I noted a few days ago regarding the Christopher Hitchens debate, we need your help to make it happen. Listen to David's discussion:
Sharia Law in Action: Christians Imprisoned on Charge of Touching Qur'an Without Washing Hands
04/22/2010 - James WhiteI saw this article posted over at Answering Muslims, and wanted to make sure our readers saw it.
Islamabad (AsiaNews) – A court in Kasur district, Punjab, convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), judge Ajmal Hussein convicted the couple for touching the Qur‘an without washing their hands.
Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were released on bail last January, but were re-arrested after the judge ruled against them. The husband was locked up in Kasur’s district prison; the wife was sent to the women’s prison in Multan. Both have started serving 25 years behind bars.
CLAAS, an association that fights for the rights of the poor and marginalised, said that the couple was accused of “contaminating” the Qur‘an when they touched it “without washing their hands”.
The incident, which dates back to December 2008, unleashed the fury of Muslim extremists who put pressure on police. Unconfirmed reports suggest that extremists paid off police agents to discover “new evidence” to justify the sentence.
At the end of the police investigation, husband and wife were charged with blasphemy.
The blasphemy law is the harshest tool for religious repression available in Pakistan. It was adopted in 1986 by then dictator Zia ul-Haq to protect Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, from attacks and insults.
In fact, it is actually comprised of sections 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which respectively punish with life in prison anyone who defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Qur‘an, and imposes the death penalty on anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
In the last two months, there were two more convictions against Christians in Pakistan.
On 11 January, a court in Faisalabad sentenced Imran Masih, a 26-year-old Christian man, to life imprisonment for insulting and desecrating the Koran. He was accused of deliberately burning Qur‘anic verses and an Arabic book in order “foment interfaith hatred and hurt the feelings of Muslims.”
On 25 February, a court in Karachi sentenced Qamar David, also a Christian, to life imprisonment for hurting the religious feelings of Muslims when he sent blasphemous SMS.
CLAAS announced that it was filing an appeal with the High Court in Lahore to have the 25-year sentence against Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi overturned.
Can you imagine the uproar around the world if this was an ostensibly "Christian" nation imprisoning someone for mistreating the Bible? The Antiquated Alphabet Press would be all over it, sending reporters and calling for sanctions and boycotts. But as long as the victims of such religious persecution are Christians, and the instigators Muslims, well---you only hear about it on small specialty websites that monitor such evils.
"Blaspheming the Prophet"
04/19/2010 - James WhiteI just ran across this video, and I thought I'd post it while it is still available (it is as I post this, it might not be five minutes from now, you never know). Given how many times I have argued that Muhammad was not a prophet due to contradictions between the truth and the Qur'an, it would be very easy for some zealous jihadi to add me to the list included here. Notice the picture of the murdered Dutch man and the caption "after he was sent to hell." But listen to the argumentation provided. What do they draw from? Muhammad's own example. That is the problem for our "moderate" Muslim friends: their sources are self-contradictory.