Why WOULDN’T That Pious Muslim Ali Kill Mr. Dowling?

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Why WOULDN'T That Pious Muslim Ali Kill Mr. Dowling?

Another day, another west­erner killed in the west for insult­ing Islam:

An Irish uni­ver­sity lec­turer stabbed to death by one of his for­mer stu­dents had allegedly ‘insulted the Prophet Mohammed’, his killer has told French police.

The 66-​year-​old aca­d­e­mic, named locally as John Dowl­ing, was attacked and stabbed 13 times out­side the Paris uni­ver­sity where he worked on Wednesday.

Ali R., a 37-​year-​old Pak­istani national, has con­fessed to the killing and told police he held a per­sonal grudge against the teacher after fail­ing his exams last year.

The police have this to say about the killer:

French author­i­ties have said there is no exist­ing evi­dence that Ali, a native of Pak­istan, was rad­i­cal­ized by a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion but rather that he was sim­ply very “pious” and an “obses­sive patriot.”

We don’t have proof of rad­i­cal­iza­tion, but rather a feel­ing that we’re deal­ing with some­one who is very reli­gious, very pious, very practicing.”

So appar­ently it’s not rad­i­cal, but “Patri­otic” and “Pious” if you are a muslin in France and kill a west­erner for osten­si­bly insult­ing Islam.

Of course the ques­tion isn’t why Ali killed the pro­fes­sor, we know this, but the ques­tion I would ask is why wouldn’t he?

The west­ern media has made it clear that while it’s per­fectly accept­able to insult Chris­tian­ity and Chris­tians that there is noth­ing more beyond the pale than an insult to Islam. Fur­ther­more we’ve seen sup­posed “free speech” groups quake at the thought of defend­ing those who might exer­cise free speech or aca­d­e­mic rights con­trary to the desires of those of the Mus­lim faith.

Fur­ther­more there are sec­tion of France where the police have been neglect­ing to enforce French law and have allowed the Islamic com­mu­nity to enforce their own, and that law states that those who defame Islam must die.

That being the case the killing of this Irish­man who appar­ently didn’t get the memo on Islam likely didn’t seem like mur­der to Mr. Ali, just com­mon sense. Robert Spencer is only being a lit­tle face­tious when he says:

Since the whole West­ern intel­li­gentsia agrees that one must not insult Muham­mad, but that it is a mat­ter of “respect” to sub­mit to Sharia blas­phemy laws, will Ali R. now be freed with an apology?

Per­haps if Islam was as intol­er­ant of Gay Mar­riage, Homo­sex­u­al­ity and Trans­gen­derism as Chris­tian­ity then the lib­eral of the west who so delight in con­demn­ing fol­low­ers of Christ might make a larger objec­tion, but see­ing as they are so accept­ing of the foibles of the west in gen­eral and of the lib­eral cul­ture in par­tic­u­lar the media and cul­tural elites give them a pass.

(And yes that para­graph was sar­casm and tells you all you need to know about who the lib­eral media/​cultural elites really con­sider the enemy)

Exit Ques­tion: How long do you think it will take some­one to com­plain to twit­ter to have me banned for the image in this post? I don’t know the answer but I can tell you this, if a “Pious” Mus­lim sticks a knife between my ribs for the car­toon above you can be sure there will be folks on CNN or MSNBC say­ing I had it coming.

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Another day, another westerner killed in the west for insulting Islam:

An Irish university lecturer stabbed to death by one of his former students had allegedly ‘insulted the Prophet Mohammed’, his killer has told French police.

The 66-year-old academic, named locally as John Dowling, was attacked and stabbed 13 times outside the Paris university where he worked on Wednesday.

Ali R., a 37-year-old Pakistani national, has confessed to the killing and told police he held a personal grudge against the teacher after failing his exams last year.

The police have this to say about the killer:

French authorities have said there is no existing evidence that Ali, a native of Pakistan, was radicalized by a terrorist organization but rather that he was simply very “pious” and an “obsessive patriot.”

“We don’t have proof of radicalization, but rather a feeling that we’re dealing with someone who is very religious, very pious, very practicing.”

So apparently it’s not radical, but “Patriotic” and “Pious” if you are a muslin in France and kill a westerner for ostensibly insulting Islam.

Of course the question isn’t why Ali killed the professor, we know this, but the question I would ask is why wouldn’t he?

The western media has made it clear that while it’s perfectly acceptable to insult Christianity and Christians that there is nothing more beyond the pale than an insult to Islam. Furthermore we’ve seen supposed “free speech” groups quake at the thought of defending those who might exercise free speech or academic rights contrary to the desires of those of the Muslim faith.

Furthermore there are section of France where the police have been neglecting to enforce French law and have allowed the Islamic community to enforce their own, and that law states that those who defame Islam must die.

That being the case the killing of this Irishman who apparently didn’t get the memo on Islam likely didn’t seem like murder to Mr. Ali, just common sense. Robert Spencer is only being a little facetious when he says:

Since the whole Western intelligentsia agrees that one must not insult Muhammad, but that it is a matter of “respect” to submit to Sharia blasphemy laws, will Ali R. now be freed with an apology?

Perhaps if Islam was as intolerant of Gay Marriage, Homosexuality and Transgenderism as Christianity then the liberal of the west who so delight in condemning followers of Christ might make a larger objection, but seeing as they are so accepting of the foibles of the west in general and of the liberal culture in particular the media and cultural elites give them a pass.

(And yes that paragraph was sarcasm and tells you all you need to know about who the liberal media/cultural elites really consider the enemy)

Exit Question: How long do you think it will take someone to complain to twitter to have me banned for the image in this post? I don’t know the answer but I can tell you this, if a “Pious” Muslim sticks a knife between my ribs for the cartoon above you can be sure there will be folks on CNN or MSNBC saying I had it coming.

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