I share your hope and concern, FC. I fear, too, the pull of home, the familiar, which may exert itself on her in a few years. In a few years she may feel that pull, think herself safe after the passing of a few years, and return home to find the Islamists have long memories.
On the Rise: Islamists Scapegoating Children for Blasphemy
by Teri Blumenfeld
The latest Muslim mob violence mobilized by religious clerics over the video Innocence of Muslims was indeed disturbing. However, the more troubling issue that merits true outrage is the uptick of Islamists targeting children with charges of desecration or blasphemy as a means to intimidate local non-Muslims.
The zealotry of these defenders of the Muslim faith extends to all who would defame their prophet, including young children. One would think that children, in some cases illiterate, could never be judged responsible for such heinous acts, punishable by death according to sharia (Islamic law) and Pakistan law under Section 295-C. Unfortunately, poor Malala is not alone in being a young child targeted for the crime of insulting Islam.
Perhaps October was “Defile the Quran month,” as a number of cases have appeared recently of non-Muslim children in Muslim countries accused of desecration or blasphemy against Islam.
The article, from which I only quoted excerpts, lists quite a few incidents where children were arrested and local churches or temples attacked over alleged incidents (one, apparently, was real) of “desecration”. Evidently attacking non-Muslim minorities through their children, through the vehicle of charges of “desecration of the Qur’an”, is quite the rage (pun intended) in parts of the Islamic world. I “get” that not all Muslims are like this, not even most. I’ve worked along side such Muslims: my advice to them, were I to have a chance to speak frankly, would be that if the Muslims who just want to live ordinary peaceful lives don’t act to put down the violent crazies, the peaceful Muslims will soon find themselve caught in a vise between non-Muslims inclined to suspect all Muslims and the crazies who will go after the peaceful ones for being insufficiently Islamic. And it is the latter, the crazies, who are the greatest danger to peaceful Muslims.