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Muslim-majority countries need to get a grip.

First Turkey jails a 16-year-old boy for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then Mauritania sentences a journalist to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Really? In the 21st Century? We haven’t figured out the benefits of free speech?

How can a Muslim possibly believe Muhammad is harmed in any way by something someone has said or written! (Now, politicians like Erdogan…that falls under the category of “thin skinned”.)

Pakistan is a mystery to me. How can it continue to act in such self-defeating ways? I’ll let the New York Times‘ Editorial Board summarize:

“Despite the grief and rage that followed the massacre of 148 students and their teachers by Taliban militants at an army-run school in Peshawar last week, Pakistan persists in its duplicitous and self-defeating response to the extremism that is threatening the country.”

Read the whole editorial online.

Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians.

It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes better the misguided men (and they’re mostly men) who think killing people is the way to usher in the caliphate.

Who needs external enemies when we have such bloodthirsty, misguided thugs claiming to be Muslim?

“What if there were a group of Muslim open carry advocates who called themselves ‘Sword of the Prophet’ and whose avowed mission was to bring Sharia law to the U.S., and they took to showing up armed and in large numbers outside of churches on Sunday, the way the [Open Carry] guys do at the state house.

“That’s the question writer and gun owner Jon Stokes asked in this piece at Alloutdoor.com.”

The rest of the commentary by Heather Digby Parton on Salon.com is here.

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