Salman Taseer, governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, was murdered by one of his own security guards over his opposition to the death penalty for blasphemers. This comes in the middle of the furore over Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy by people who didn't like her ('cause we all know a zealot with a grudge is a perfect eyewitness when you want to avoid bias). Now it seems the screaming, reeking bastards who howl for the blood of their faith's critics have gone one step further and started murdering anyone who tells them to calm down. Wonderfully fucking sane reaction there.
To make matters worse - because it can always get worse with a church in power - they've started threatening people who look upset about it.
Five hundred scholars from the moderate Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims have warned that anyone who expresses grief over the assassination could suffer the same fate.
"No Muslim should attend the funeral or even try to pray for Salman Taseer or even express any kind of regret or sympathy over the incident," said the Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan in a statement.
It said anyone who expressed sympathy over the death of a blasphemer was also committing blasphemy.
I swear to fuck, it's days like this when the contraceptive bomb and other inhumane borderline-genocidal shit almost looks tempting. Because these are the Enemy. A church on the back foot, like the Catholics at the minute, behaves in as conciliatory a manner as possible - because it needs a power base more than anything, like a reality TV show needs an audience base. When it's in power, however...well, a quick search on the word 'inquisition' will show you the Catholic track record for benevolent rule.* Islam, on the other hand, has decided to adopt a strategy that goes entirely against its own name - fuck submission, let's machine-gun anyone who tries any of that smarty-pants logic or that goddamn hippie bleeding-heart 'tolerance' bullshit.
Salman Taseer did what few people dare - he worked against demonstrably dangerous, armed people with a track record of going completely bugfuck insane over people even having an opinion different to theirs. He got his head blown off because he stood tall in a screaming shitstorm and dared to call it what it is. The murderer confessed with a smug fucking grin on his punchable fucking face, the priests have declared it a capital offence against the church if anyone mourns or goes to the funeral, and this act of FUCKING TERRORISM will sink among the waves of shit.
Which is more than we can hope the fundies would do.
*For a more modern look at the worldview of organised Christianity when it thinks it has the political and moral high ground, your quotation search for the day is 'Ann Coulter'. Make sure to watch your blood pressure, this bitch is dangerous.