“At a funeral service for the children who died at great hands of the Taliban, a newly minted banner on the mosque wall has hate all over. It reads”
“The Blood of innocent children will Allah-willing turn
India, America and Israel into dust.”
-Tarek Fatah, Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular, progressive and liberal activist.
What Others Are Saying
From The Jakarta Post, Indonesia. Thursday, December 18 2014
“No single sane person in the world could understand or tolerate the barbaric acts of the Taliban in Pakistan who butchered at least 141 innocent people, mostly schoolchildren, on Tuesday. The group, which claims to represent true Islam, proudly took responsibility for the massacre at a military-run school in .
“Civilized residents of this planet could not just stand by or merely issue statements to condemn the attack. The Taliban have repeatedly used Islam as their pretext to become ruthless criminals and they are not alone. They insist that only their version and interpretation of Islamic teachings should be followed.
“News agencies quoted a victim as describing the gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) before they opened fire. “There are so many children beneath the benches — go and get them,” one of the Taliban ordered his men.
“Indonesia’s government joined the world in denouncing the unimaginable cruelty. However, as the world’s third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority nation Indonesia has an obligation far beyond issuing a public statement in convincing the globe that Islam teaches peace and tolerance. Islam is often tarnished by its own followers, many using more than an iron fist to force others, including Muslims, to strictly follow their version of Islam, or suffer the consequences with their own lives.
“We no longer take it for granted that Indonesian Muslims are as moderate and tolerant as many still perceive. There are groups of people here who will never hesitate to use violence to force others to follow them.”
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