Ancient Koranic Origins and Modern Islamic Intolerance

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Americans celebrated the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of  Independence, affirming yet again our unique God-given heritage of freedom. ... that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The same day, prosecutors in Indonesia -- that bastion of contemporary Islamic tolerance and moderation -- insisted upon a four-year prison term for Shiite leader Tajul Muluk, under Article 156, Paragraph A of the Criminal Code, which penalizes "blasphemy."  Tajul was accused, specifically, of informing his students that the contemporary Koran they (and all Muslims) now study was not the original "sacralized" text.  Currently incarcerated, Tajul Mulk has received death threats from fellow inmates even before his trial, while in December 2011, over 300 members of Tajul's Shiite community were displaced when a mob of 500 people...(Read Full Post)