JONATHAN TURLEY / 2017-03-07 23:24
Pakistani media is reporting a disturbing series of comments by Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who has shown the danger of Sharia law and the erosion of the separation of mosque and state. Justice Siddiqui went on a religious rant recently in denouncing “disrespectful” comments on social media and pledged to treat all such blasphemers as terrorists.
Siddiqui angrily demanded to know “Why is the blasphemous there on social media? Has the government taken any steps in this regard thus far?” He directed Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to appear before the court to answer these dim-witted questions. The answer is that these is blasphemous material on social media because it is a free forum that has not be bent to the will of religious extremists like Siddiqui who want to enforce religious edicts.
Unwilling to just destroy freedom of religion and speech, Siddiqui went to proclaim his extremist views in case anyone could mistake him for a real jurist:
“I submit and sacrifice myself and everything that I have –my parents, job, my entire life – to Allah’s messenger (Peace Be Upon Him). If they cannot block the sacrilegious pages the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should cease to exist . . . Anything and everything can be sacrificed for the honor of Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him). I will shut down the entire social media, if I have to. I hereby declare anyone blasphemes against the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) a terrorist.”
Spoken like a true authoritarian religious zealot.