When this kind of intolerance is shown by Islam, I have a difficult time being told that I must accept it as a religion of peace. While we have nut jobs like the Westboro Baptist Church, I have yet to find an incident, let alone numerous incidents, where they have murdered innocent people for violating some religious tenet of their faith. From the Karachi News Service comes this story:
At least 11 nurses, including three Christians, were poisoned at Civil Hospital Karachi for eating during Ramadan. During their afternoon break yesterday, the 11 nurses went to the hostel cafeteria for some tea and food. Rita, a Catholic nurse, collapsed first after drinking her tea. Now all the nurses are in the hospital’s intensive care unit, some in very serious conditions.
In Pakistan, eating in public during the Muslim month of fasting is illegal. For Muslims, fasting is compulsory. However, hospital workers and travellers are exempt.
Civil Hospital Karachi staff is made up mostly of Muslims who do not tolerate that their non-Muslim colleagues eat during Ramadan.
In the wake of the incident, hospital officials have opened an inquiry to find the culprits.
Notice the story describes eating in public as “illegal.” That is an important distinction to remember. Islam is not just a religion, but a confluence of religion, government and culture. So more than just being a religious belief, it is a system of governing the followers of Islam.
If this occurrence is representative of Islam, it is an anathema to Western civilization and incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and our form of government and culture. The First Amendment’s protection of religion does not extent to killing of innocent nurses.