He Dared to Dissent


The Daily Times is reporting on the murder of Jamshaid Nawaza Nayab – a writer and schoolteacher who advocated secular thought in Pakistan’s NWFP province. It is not the least bit surprising for me to read that someone who dissented from the hardliners was silenced in this most gruesome way. Nor is it surprising that the local religious leaders endorsed rather than condemned his murder. What’s ironic though – is that Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding father, much like the American founding fathers – was himself a liberal and wanted Pakistani society to evolve on decidedly secular lines: “You will find that in the course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state.”

As Europe protests over the violent reaction to the Danish cartoons – the murder of Nayab should be instructional in understanding just how far Muslims are willing to go in order to quell political or religious opposition.


4 thoughts on “He Dared to Dissent

  1. Welcome to AtheismOnline.com! This looks like an outstanding blog, and I am always eager to hear from atheists in other parts of the world. Keep up the good work.

  2. Not so fast.

    Any peoples will defend the ideology they hold as defining of their society to extreme measures.

    What is pathetic about the Muslim reaction is not so much the vioelnce, but the haphazard and disorganized way it manifests itself.

    Rather than solid and strong nation states to form a bullwark against anti-Islamic movements (and let’s not be obtuse, they obviously exist), Muslims can seem to only cobble together a bunch of basement, do-it-yourself extermists.

    One only needs to see the impunity with which those thought to be terrorists are exterminated in (or by) the West (the Brazilian gent who was gunned down afte rthe London bombings, or the other Hispanic gent who was gunned down on an American runway…or the countless others around the world in Muslim countries who are being exterminated by anti-terrorists – and terrorists to be fair)…it becomes clear that we all draw guns agains those who we think will demolish our society and values.

    The criteria is admitidly higher for the west, but then it probably always is for those on the offensive…and much lower for those who are on the defensive.

  3. This blog is a breath of fresh air. I’m a Pakistani atheist as well, and have been looking for others of ‘my kind’. Apparently there are a few, which is good to know. The NWFP story I can relate to somewhat, as I’m from Peshawer. Look forward to reading more of your blog entries,


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