Everybody seems to have roundly condemned the firebomb attacks on the churches in Selangor. That's all very nice. Strongly worded condemnations are great for quotes in newspapers and sound awesome when it's played on air during the 8pm news. It really sounded like KJ, The Jib, Hisap and the IGP (Invincible Gangster Polis) really meant what they said and are going to do something about it.
The problem is that mere condemnation simply doesn't work. You can condemn all you want, but as the saying goes "sticks and stones may break their bones, but words can't hurt them". How on earth can harsh words be effective when these psychos think they are either doing the work demanded by god or by UMNO (who's almost like god)?
In this case, even sticks and stones won't work. Those who are driven by god will bear the punishment with relish, like how that albino chap on Da Vinci's Code flagellated himself because that's what he thought god demanded. Those who are driven by UMNO will never be punished... period. They'll probably get a sorry ass Indian staff sergeant from the RMAF to be the scapegoat.
Therefore, when earthly punishments don't work, use spiritual ones. I recommend what good Muslims need to do is to expel these evil church-bombing Muslims from Islam. And conveniently for us, Malaysia is just about the only place where you can actually do it, since Islam and being Muslim is legislated and enforced. Just draft a law to formally expel people who commit violence in the name of Islam from the religion and get the Sultans/Agong and Jabatan Agama Islam to enforce it. Those who commit violence in god's name will lose their identity and purpose when they lose their religion. Those who commit violence in UMNO's name will lose their influence and religious credentials amongst the Muslim electorate. Hopefully, both will lose their will to live as a result.
In the words of Thomas L. Friedman in The New York Times...
"The leadership of Islam rarely take on jihadist actions and ideology openly with the kind of passion, consistency and mass protests that we have seen them do, for example, against Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.Good Muslims... less tolerating, more isolating and shaming please.
Every faith has its violent extreme. The West is not immune. It's all about how the centre deals with it. Does it tolerate it, isolate it or shame it?"
By the way, Hisap says they won't hesitate to use ISA:
"Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the Government would not hesitate to use any means necessary, including the Internal Security Act, on anyone who threatens the security of the country."At the same time, the IGP says they will use ISA against those who send SMSes about the church bombings.
"Those spreading vicious rumours over the arson attacks on three churches in the Klang Valley on Friday can be arrested under the Internal Security Act, IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan warned."Funny... neither mentioned anything about using ISA against the church bombers or those who instigated them to violence.