Archive for July 7th, 2012

I read this news several days ago and I kept on coming back to it.

MULTAN, Pakistan — A 2,000-strong Pakistani mob snatched a mentally unstable man from a police station, beat him to death and torched his body after he allegedly burned pages from a Koran, police said Thursday.

The mob ransacked the police station in a village on the outskirts of central Pakistan’s Bahawalpur city, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Multan, on Tuesday after officers refused to hand him over.

Local police station chief Ghulam Mohiuddin said Ghulam Abbas, in his early 40s, was taken into custody after people said they caught him burning pages of the Muslim holy book.

“After some time, more than 2,000 people surrounded the police station and asked the police to hand over the man to them, and upon refusal they ransacked the police station and took the accused with them,” Mohiuddin told AFP.

“The protesters also set fire to several motorcycles and vehicles parked in the police station and damaged the quarters of police officials.

“Later they took away Ghulam Abbas to a main crossing, beat him to death and set his body on fire.”

He said the man was mentally unstable and “was not aware of even the location of his residence”.

District police chief Ahmed Ishaq Jahangir told AFP the mob was too much for the police to handle after some in the group incited others to take action.

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They said that man was mentally unstable.  I think it’s more ironic that the fact that 2,000 people who can be so fanatical in their Islamic faith to go swarm the police station, over power the authorities and practice vigilante street justice somehow escape the attention of the news writer and the Local Police chief as not being mentally unstable.

On that note, beginning on July 15th, the contributors here on Veritas Domain will have a special week long marathon focusing on Islam.  Like James White, we here on Veritas Domain as a Christian blog have been burdened to at least give a bit of attention towards addressing a religion that has been oppressive against so many of the brothers and sisters of the persecuted church and other non-muslims.  The least we can do is spend a week providing apologetics (polemics against Islam, defenses concerning pop muslim arguments against Christianity, etc), additional resources in addition to speaking out for the persecuted church and bringing awareness to pray for the believers.

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