It doesn’t take much to set off Muslim attacks against Christians anywhere in the world. Innate bigotry always has a short fuse and all it needs is an excuse.
Any excuse will do, as Michael Carl reports.
A mob of Muslims, apparently angered by Christian youths playing music on their phones from the back of a rickshaw taxi, responded by attacking residents of the mostly Christian Francis Colony section of Gujranwala, near Pakistan’s city of Lahore.
“According to initial information, a group of Christian boys was snubbed by a local cleric for playing music on their cell phones while passing by a mosque,” the pastor said.
An eyewitness who also asked not to be named says the young men were simply enjoying the evening.
“Our boys were passing the mosque when the prayer leader objected to their playing music on cell phones,” the eyewitness said.
The pastor adds that the young men complied with the demand.
“The young men turned off the music at that moment but switched it on again after covering some distance. The cleric raised a clamor and accused the boys of showing disrespect to Islam,” the pastor said.
“A large crowd, armed with sticks and weapons, attacked cars and shops in the Francis colony on Wednesday,” the pastor said.
The pastor says a neighboring church was also a target.
“Some Muslims reportedly tried to attack a church in the locality, after which a large crowd of Christians came out on the roads and started protesting,” the pastor said. “They also resorted to attacking cars and other property.”
The real story here is not the details of what happened, but the horrible reality of how precarious life in a country with a Muslim majority is for the minority.
Pakistan is not a terrible place because of its climate or any other local factor, but because it is run by an intolerant religion. And any place in the world can become Pakistan if enough Pakistani Muslims or other Muslims relocate there.
This same scene can just as easily happen in Oslo or London or Berlin… given a little time and a lot more immigration.