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Islamic Group Places $2.2 Million Bounty on Head of Koran-burning Florida Pastor

posted at 10:31 am on March 24, 2011 by

Well, Florida pastor Terry Jones has gone and done it. The evangelical minister, who threatened last September 11 to burn a copy of the Koran and then backed down in the face of public pressure, has made good on his incendiary promise. With 30 people present as witnesses, he set fire to a copy of the embattled religious text.

And, as happens in the event of real or imagined slights, the other shoe summarily dropped. No sooner had Jones fired up his Bic than an Islamic “court” in Pakistan found him guilty of the crime of desecrating the religion’s most holy book. The court then issued a fatwa—loosely translated as “death order—against him, as is their wont.

But here is where the story gets interesting. Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a banned Islamic organization and suspected terrorist group, announced a bounty of 10 crore rupees for anyone who fulfills the fatwa on Jones. In case you’re wondering, that amount is equivalent to around $2.2 million—not exactly chicken feed. What ever happened to 72 virgins?

I became curious about whether this most supernal of religions actually sanctions killings for hire, so I did a little digging and found that indeed it does. One of the most famous examples of a fee-for-service fatwa involved Taslima Nasreen, an exiled Bangladeshi writer, who had been targeted for execution by Indian Muslim scholars. After Juma prayers at the Tipu Sultan mosque in Calcutta, Majidulla Khan Farhad announced “unlimited financial reward” to anybody who would kill the author.

So there you have it. Islam, at least as it is practiced by Islamofascists, operates similarly to the Mafia. In fact, it’s a little worse since Mafia “hits” are, as The Godfather admirably explained “just business,” while fatwas are supposedly acts of deep-seated religious faith. Doesn’t something as materialistic as a cash exchange debase such a godly mission?

In the meantime, the reliably hypocritical Council on American-Islamic Relations refused to comment on the fatwa. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said only that “Terry Jones had his 15 minutes of fame and we’re not going to help him get another few minutes.” Time in the spotlight is not what Jones needs or is presumably seeking at this point.

No word on whether you need to be a Muslim to collect the reward or whether the 30 witnesses of the Koran burning are themselves in hot water.

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Can he fake his death and collect the 2 million? What kind of proof do they want?

odannyboy on March 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Fortunately Islam is the Religion of Peace. Otherwise someone might do something and hurt the guy.

rbj on March 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Howard, I think Florida isn’t spelled ‘Forida’. The rop type should be happy we don’t go after them for what they do to our churches or Bible’s like they get outraged for that koran burning! I hope the pastor will stay safe, the rop type are nasty critters.

letget on March 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Does the Constitution allow the US Government, by any means, to legally target for killing foreign individuals who publicly call for the killing on American soil of American citizens who are acting within their Constitutional rights?

njcommuter on March 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM

letget: Thank you for calling the typo to my attention.

Howard Portnoy on March 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The Buddha called– he’d like his Bamiyan monument back.

Terp Mole on March 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Why can’t these guys be useful and do Phelps….

lexhamfox on March 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

odannyboy, there’s probably a severed head involved….

SDN on March 24, 2011 at 6:13 PM

This is great, radical muslims keep threatening death against us non-muslims and no one blinks an eye. But a muslim subversive like Keith Ellison sheds crocodile tears about alleged ‘Islamophobia’ (no such thing) and it gets front page treatment.

Why are we not systematically annihilating radical muslims who want to kill us? We saw what they did to us on 9/11, Fort Hood, 7/7, Beslan, Madrid, Mumbai, etc. They’re at war with us and want to die for Allah, we should help them.

Phelps has every right to burn books, criticize Islam, insult Mohammad, etc because it’s protected speech. Why isn’t Obama speaking out in defense of him? He certainly had no problems trying to stop him from doing it the first time.

It’s really disgusting-muslims get no flak at all for their vicious behavior and threats. We’re too busy bending over backwards to appease them.

Fitna on March 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Would they put up a few bucks to ferret out the perpetrators of actual violence against non-Moslems all across the world?

Ethiopia, a majority Christian country for centuries and centuries just got another taste of what the religion of Peace does when they just don’t feel like co-mingling, getting along, or being tolerant…

I’d bet that in just about any school district in the Nation today, students can openly carry a Koran, read it in class or in the hallways or playground, and nobody will say diddly.

But, have a Bible in your hand within 100 yards of a school? The ACLU will be on you and the school administration like white on rice within moments…probably have a gang of Eric Holder’s brown shirts come to the rescue of the oppressed insulted Moslems as well.

Not to advocate violence, but I’d really like to see somebody torch a church in the name of the religion of peace…maybe a couple of them…and then have CAIR try to blame it on Christians, as has been the case from Indonesia to Ethiopia, Pakistan to Nigeria for decades.

Pretty one-sided war we have going. Their side has been fighting for centuries…our side refuses to accept that we are the intended victims.

coldwarrior on March 25, 2011 at 7:39 AM