Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot to death outside of an Amman courtroom, according to multiple sources.
Hattar had been charged with the crime of insulting Islam after sharing a cartoon that depicted Allah talking to a jihadist.
Hattar told the court he had no intention of insulting Islam and that he wanted “the cartoon to ‘expose’ the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Translation (from Why Evolution is True):
In Green: In paradise…
Allah: “May your evening be joyous, Abu Saleh, do you need anything?”
Jihadist: “Yes Lord, bring me the glass of wine from other there and tell Jibril [the Angel Gabriel] to bring me some cashews. After that send me an eternal servant to clean the floor and take the empty plates with you.”
Jihadist continues: “Don’t forget to put a door on the tent so that you knock before you enter next time, your gloriousness.”
The cartoon isn’t even offensive to Islam and does not depict Muhammad, only Allah and a jihadist. Yet, for this, Hattar is the most evil of men, worthy of death, according to some of the followers of the so-called religion of peace.
Now, as Jerry Coyne notes, “Hattar was no angel, as he was a strong supporter of Syria’s murderous Assad regime, but nobody deserves to be killed for sharing a cartoon, especially one that mocks jihadists.”
Regardless of how wrong Hattar was on any number of issues, sharing a cartoon of any kind is not a crime punishable by death. Blasphemy is a victimless crime and those who are offended by the cartoon are responsible for their own offense and should likely take a long hard look at why they are offended.