quote:"We would warn individual Muslims not to try to carry it out," the sheikh helpfully explained. If Mr. McNally travels to an Islamic state, however, he certainly risks arrest and execution. "We do not believe in political assassination, but obviously he would face capital punishment," Bakri Muhammad affirmed. "He will be arrested and there will be capital punishment." He concluded that if Mr. McNally repented of his blasphemy he would still be killed, but his family would receive care and protection from the Islamic state. The only way that the condemned playwright himself could escape the fatal fatwa would be to undergo an immediate conversion to Islam.
I wish I knew more about the various sects of Islam. I'm gonna have to go start researching that. We hear about the Wahhabi, Sunni, and Shiite sects, but there've got to be more. There have to be "liberal" sects as well as these "hyper-conservative" ones. I can't imagine any of the "more liberal" ones ascribing to this at all. At least I certainly hope not.
Does anyone know how that 'escape your fate by converting to Islam' thing works? I would have thought that they'd come down harder on a Muslim who blasphemed.
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You escape certain death and an Islamic Fatwah by converting to Islam and becoming a suicide bomber and then drive a truck into an embassy or some such thing. Clearly one has a free choice to decide here.
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