Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Man Says Religion Motivated Slaying
07/21/2005 - James WhiteThe following appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune Wed., July 13th. You probably didn't hear much about this in the mainstream media. You should have. The article is by Toby Sterling, Associated Press.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands --- The Muslim extremist on trial for the slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed yesterday, saying he was driven by religious conviction. "I don't feel your pain," he told the victim's mother.
"If I were released and would have the chance to do it again . . . I would do exactly the same thing," Mohammed Bouyeri said in the final minutes of his two-day trial.
"What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. . . . I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet," he said.
Bouyeri, 27, faces life imprisonment in the Nov. 2 killing of Van Gogh, who was shot, stabbed and nearly beheaded on an Amsterdam street.
A verdict is to be handed down this month.
At one point, he addressed the victim's mother, Anneke, who was sitting in the public gallery.
"I have to admit I don't have any sympathy for you," he said. "I can't feel for your because I think you're a nonbeliever."
The killing is believed to have been an act of retribution for Van Gogh's film, "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women under Islam.
The killer left a five-page note fixed to the filmmaker's body with a knife.