ABSOLUTELY AWFUL – AT 6:35 P.M. ET: Is there any end to the awfulness, the mindlessness, of radical Islam? This updates our first story today, about the praise being given in Pakistan to an extremist thug who murdered a moderate, modern regional governor. It's hard to make this stuff up. From the Washington Times:
LAHORE, Pakistan | Lawyers showered the suspected killer of a prominent Pakistani governor with rose petals when he arrived at court Wednesday, and an influential Muslim scholars group praised the assassination of the outspoken opponent of laws that order death for those who insult Islam.
Mumtaz Qadri, 26, made his first appearance in an Islamabad court, where a judge remanded him in custody. Mr. Qadri is accused of spraying automatic gunfire at the back of Punjab province Gov. Salmaan Taseer while he was supposed to be protecting him as a bodyguard.
A rowdy crowd slapped him on the back and kissed his cheek as he was escorted inside the court. The lawyers who tossed the rose petals were not involved in the case.
As he left the court, a crowd of about 200 sympathizers chanted slogans in his favor. The suspect stood at the back door of an armored police van with a flower necklace given to him by an admirer and repeatedly yelled, "God is great."
COMMENT: And we're being told, by our leftist fringe in journalism and the academy, that it's all our fault.
January 5, 2011