Mashal Khan was shot dead by a mob after a heated university
discussion. But rarely has the country responded so forcefully for someone
accused of blasphemy."
The cruelties begotten by belief no longer strike me as
being out-shone by the kindnesses it can likewise engender. Unless and until
belief will take responsibility for its bloodshed and exclusivity passing for
inclusiveness, for just that long decent human beings with a scintilla of
honesty and courage should steer well clear.... The hangman's noose is not