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Freedom from Religion - Man killed for being Christian

by A Person | Published on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:51 pm | Religion
Christian killed for drinking tea from Muslim only stall

A Christian man was stoned to death in Pakistan for drinking tea from a roadside stall designated for Muslims.

According to International Christian Concern (ICC) the man, Ishtiaq Masih, had ordered tea at a stall in Machharkay village, Punjab, Pakistan, after his bus stopped to allow passengers to relieve themselves.

When Ishtiaq went to pay for his tea, the owner noticed that he was wearing a necklace with a cross and grabbed him, calling for his employees to bring anything available to beat him for violating a sign posted on the stall warning non-Muslims to declare their religion before being served.

Ishtiaq had not noticed the warning sign before ordering his tea, as he ordered with a group of his fellow passengers.

Witnesses claim the owner and 14 of his employees beat Ishtiaq with stones, iron rods and clubs, and stabbed him multiple times with kitchen knives as Ishtiaq pleaded for mercy.

The other bus passengers intervened and took Ishtiaq to the Rural Health Center in the village. Ishtiaq died as a result of spinal, head, and chest injuries. The doctor who took Ishtiaq's case told ICC that Ishtiaq had excessive internal and external bleeding, a fractured skull, and brain injuries.

A correspondent from the ICC confirmed that he saw a warning posted outside the tea stall, which read: "All non-Muslims should introduce their faith prior to ordering tea. This tea stall serves Muslims only."

One example of why we ALL need freedom from ALL religion.
The text of the warning sign seems to be confusing to the Westerner. Why introduce your religion to someone you know won't serve you?

Still, this is a perfect illustration of the subject of hatred -- the unreasoning, unthinking, instinctual reaction of fighting with outsiders over some resource. In this case... tea. :angry-banghead:

And of course, the Christian haters will use this incident to stoke the Christian sickness of desiring persecution (just wait to see how long Van Impe will wait to get this on his show!) and to justify their hatred of Islam in general.

In general, I don't begrudge anyone his religion. Until it starts crap like this.
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