Death has long been the Islamic penalty for apostasy, but in 21st-century Europe you don’t even need to be a convert to suffer the death penalty. Merely advocating religious tolerance can be enough.
A Muslim shopkeeper named Asad Shah who lived in Glasgow sent out, on Facebook, an Easter greeting to Christians:
Good Friday and very Happy Easter especially to my beloved Christian nation! Bismillah…Let’s follow the real footstep of Beloved Holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) and get the real success in both worlds.
Four hours later, Asad Shah was murdered by two fellow Muslims in what authorities are labeling a religiously-motivated hate crime:
The victim was found seriously injured on Minard Road, Glasgow, and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died on Thursday.
An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Record: “As I drove past I saw two men standing over the victim.
“One was stamping on his head. There was a pool of blood on the ground. It was horrific. ..
On Friday afternoon, police confirmed that a 32-year-old Muslim man had been arrested in connection with Mr Shah’s death.
Events of this sort suggest that the “can’t we all just get along” approach is insufficient to deal with Islamic extremism.