The man was being held for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran in public. The incident took place on the outskirts of Bahawalpur, in Punjab province. […] The area where the lynching took place is home to hundreds of madrassas – religious schools – run by radical Islamist or sectarian groups.
… which is literally the worst place in the world to pull this kind of thing. No other group goes so thoroughly unhinged like radical Islamists when you … well … do anything that they think is offensive to their religion.
Police said they detained the man after locals complained that he had desecrated the Koran. But before the allegation could be investigated, thousands of angry people surrounded the police station, police said. The man was reportedly beaten and dragged to the spot where he is said to have desecrated the Koran. The mob then poured petrol on him and set him on fire, according to witnesses.
I’m reminded of Webster Cook, the guy who walked off with a Communion wafer and the Catholic community also lost their shit. But in the end, Mr. Cook remains alive because – even though there were death threats and the reaction was wildly disproportionate in the eyes of many – he wasn’t arrested by the police and left to an angry mob to be burned alive at the site of his alleged blasphemy.
In the end, if your religion makes you feel compelled to kill someone over the way they treat a book or a piece of bread, you might want to re-examine your beliefs and perhaps get professional help.