Before I get going on my third week-long exploration of the horrors of religion in the first six months of the year, I wanted to address a question that I received from a reader in India who asks why I spend so much time focused on Christian and Islamic horrors and not on the horrors of Hinduism and other world religions. Certainly, if you look at the breakdowns that I post on the Religious Horror Show page, it would seem that I am spending a lot more time going after Christians and Muslims, but that’s not really the case. I have to rely on news stories that are posted and, fair or not, there are just a lot more stories posted about Christianity and Islam in English-language news sources than there are about Hindus and Buddhists and Shintoism, etc. I’m sure there are plenty of horrors that come out of those religious traditions as well, they just don’t fall into my lap the way stories on Christianity and Islam tend to do. I don’t go searching for these stories, I have enough right now to get to the end of the year if I didn’t add a single new story. It already feels like I’m writing the Religious Horror Show Blog sometimes, trying to search out new horrors, just for the sake of equity, will only make the problem worse, I’m afraid. Rest assured that I am not trying to focus on Abrahamic religious traditions, I take what comes along without reservation. If anyone has any stories from an unusual religion, by all means send it to me! The link is on the Religious Horror Show page.
This week, however, we’re doing another Islam story. Sorry. In Pakistan, a Christian mother, Asia Bibi, has been sentenced to hang following a squabble with her co-workers, which led to her being accused of insulting Mohammed. Bibi, a 45-year old Christian farm laborer living in Punjab offered to bring her co-workers some water, but they spurned her, saying it was unclean to accept water brought by a non-Muslim. Bibi got offended, as she had every right to, but her co-workers reported that she insulted the prophet and off to the prisons she went. She was given the choice between converting to Islam and death. She refused to convert. I suspect converting wouldn’t matter though. Pakistan’s minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti and eastern Punjab governor Salman Taseer, both Muslims, were murdered by other Muslims because they dared to support Bibi. Yeah, some religion of peace you have there.
Luckily, she hasn’t been whipped, at least not that we know of, and she’s been granted a new appeal on March 26, 2015. Her lawyer claims he will show that the charges against her are false. Whether they are true or not though, the charges against her are ridiculous and only prove, once again, that Islam, especially fundamentalist Islam, is a religion for animals. What more can you expect on Horror Show Sunday?