For some reason the final posts for the day did not go live on time. Here they are now…
The guest post for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty is from Nobel Prize Winner and Professor of Chemistry, Harry Kroto:
Murder is the most heinous crime one can commit but within this evil there are degrees. Murder by an individual is evil and the shooting of a small brave girl demanding her right to knowledge yesterday by cowardly men egged on by religious orders in Pakistan fills all decent people with deep revulsion and sorrow for the human race.
However the ultimate evil is murder by the state. The state draws an arbitrary line based on some dogma or other and that line moves in the 8th Century in Persia it was anyone who remained Zoroastrian, during the Dark Ages the Inquisition was arbitrary in decision-making in Germany in 1940′s it was Jews, Gypsies and Homosexuals. Murder by the State for whatever reason is the most heinous crime of all and must end.
Here is a second guest post from writer Tarek Fatah:
Here is my blasphemy
In two weeks time the Islamic world will erupt into a frenzy of bloodletting which in just one day will cost the lives of millions of goats, cows and camels. They will be slaughtered from Somalia to Surinam; Indonesia to Indiana as a way of Muslims re-enacting the pagan ritual of animal sacrfice to the gods, except Muslims will do it to commemorate the sacrifice patriarch Abraham was willing to offer to God when he put the blade to the neck of his son Ismail.
Kids as young as 5 years of age will be taken to witness this gory spectacle with blood gushing and heads decapitated. The entire day after Hajj this bloody exercise will unfold in the name of religiosity and piety with no Muslim daring to raise their voice and demand a stop to this ritual that has been discard by most of humanity, but has stuck to Islamdom and where little boys get desensitized to the sigh of throat slitting, blood letting and animals writhing in pain, unable to scream for their own rights as creatures of the divine who were here long before us.
Let me be the first to say, end this bloodshed. If you do feel the necessity to sacrifice something precious to God, why don;t you smash your iPhone or your Rolex wristwatch instead of a voiceless animal.
And if it is life that you need to offer to God, then why not your own? Go ahead make my day.
I’m blogging every hour on the hour (from 9am-6pm) for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty:
The first blog entry was dedicated to 14 year old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls go to school. This day is for her and the many like her who refuse and resist despite charges of offence, apostasy and blasphemy.
The second blog entry was entitled It is possible not to cause offence.
The third was a guest post from Marieme Helie Lucas entitled Honour the dissenters.
The fourth was on Salman Rushdie and the need for blasphemy.
The fifth blog post is Calling all blasphemers to submit their own acts of blasphemy to the comments section.
The sixth blog post shows why open mike nights just don’t work under Sharia law.
The seventh post is a guest blog from Sue Cox entitled Enough!
The eighth post is Nothing can appease the Islamists.