Syrian teenager Mohammad Qataa ‘executed by Islamists for blasphemy’

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Members of an Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group in the Syrian city of Aleppo have allegedly executed a 14-year-old boy in front of his parents as punishment for what the group regarded as blasphemy.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group opposed to the Syrian regime, says Mohammad Qataa was shot in the face and neck a day after being seized.

It has released a photo showing Qataa's face with his mouth and jaw bloodied, as well as a bullet wound in his neck.

"The observatory cannot ignore these crimes, which only serve the enemies of the revolution and the enemies of humanity," the group's leader Rami Abdulrahman said.

The observatory based its report on witness accounts of the killing.

It says Qataa was a street vendor selling coffee in the working-class Shaar neighbourhood.

He has reportedly been arguing with someone when he was overheard saying: "Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer."
 


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    • Do you really think our government wants to arm islamists? Or were you pointing out that the likely consequence of arming the opposition is more arms falling into the hands of the islamists?

      In reply to #1 by TrickyDicky:

      And these are the people to which our government wishes to give arms.

      • Recklessness. It’s the same.

        In reply to #2 by Marktony:

        Do you really think our government wants to arm islamists? Or were you pointing out that the likely consequence of arming the opposition is more arms falling into the hands of the islamists?

        In reply to #1 by TrickyDicky:

        And these are the people to which our government wishes to give arms.

        • Risky. Not the same.

          In reply to #6 by JxHx:

          Recklessness. It’s the same.

          In reply to #2 by Marktony:

          Do you really think our government wants to arm islamists? Or were you pointing out that the likely consequence of arming the opposition is more arms falling into the hands of the islamists?

          In reply to #1 by TrickyDicky:

          And these are the…

    • In reply to #1 by TrickyDicky:

      And these are the people to which our government wishes to give arms.

      No. If you have been following the civil war you will know that their are essentially two rebel groups working somewhat together to topple Bashar al Assad, whom I’m sure you are well aware is being backed by Iran, Hezbullah and armed by Putin. There are the secular militants who are figthing for a free Syria. Whom we should be doing much more to support. But there are also the opportunist Islamist rebels who, being backed by Al Qaeda, are still fighting their little hearts out to re-establish the caliphate.

      • But should we be providing arms to the Free Syria Army now knowing that some will likely go to these islamist groups?
        If we had done so earlier, maybe the main conflict would have come to an end sooner and fewer islamists
        would have been drawn into the fight.
        I think Russia and Iran have done enough to give Assad the upper hand. Assad forces are preparing another assault on Aleppo:
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22840728

        If Assad defeats the rebels, what are the chances of him making some small moves towards more democracy?

        In reply to #13 by elmo14:

        In reply to #1 by TrickyDicky:

        And these are the people to which our government wishes to give arms.

        No. If you have been following the civil war you will know that their are essentially two rebel groups working somewhat together to topple Bashar al Assad, whom I’m sure you are well aware is bein…

  1. Man stepped on the Moon more than 40 years ago, Voyager 1 and 2 have been speeding through space for more than 35 years, and yet humanity is still capable of such primitive barbarism today! I am extremely sorry for this poor young life lost to barbarism. I am extremely sorry to be powerless. I am extremely sorry to be human.

  2. He has reportedly been arguing with someone when he was overheard saying: “Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer.”

    Spoken like a true antitheist, he refused to submit! What a brave rebel and genuine hero this Qataa is. I would call him brother, but feel too unworthy.

  3. Whenever assholes have power over anything it ends badly. Too many assholes have too much power. The problem is, most systems filter out non-assholes and promotes and elects assholes. Give an asshole power AND a gun, and innocent people are bound to be hurt or killed. Enough already. One life lost is one life too many.

  4. overheard saying: “Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer.”

    as if it’s not bad enough they have such silly laws, it seems hearsay is all that’s needed to secure a conviction. people who live by this system need to be very careful it doesn’t come back to bite them on their holy arses.

  5. Too often, the bully wins. Intelligence and kindness are no match. Look at school playgrounds.

    And the culture of that part of the world is heavily impregnated with bullying: cops bully you, government officials bully you, religious goons bully and kill you.

    • I don’t know how anyone can still believe in a God in whose name barbarism like this is carried out.

      In reply to #15 by Peter Grant:

      Syrian rebels execute teenage boy for ‘heresy’ – report (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

  6. Unfortunately abc.net.au does not seem to be a reliable. They seem to have invented the “I will not become a believer” bit.
    The original source https://www.facebook.com/syriaohr
    says

    they took the boy for blaspheming during an argument while he was working; he said “even if Muhammed comes back to life i won’t lend”.

    This is I think just a local Muslim equivalent to a westerner saying “Jeez! You think I’m giving you a free coffee!”

  7. “People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: ‘Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this’,” the observatory said.

    Err…no. Someone isn’t familiar with basic terminology.

    There is so much to be said about this horrible execution, but I’ll just have to leave it at this: it is impossible to understand the mindset of these faith heads. The surer they are of their faith, the more afraid of criticism they seem to be. Does not make sense.

    There is nothing beautiful and no glory in death. Despite that I have to admire Qataa’s words that will live on after he is dead. They echo the great Bertrand Russell’s words about what he would say if he found himself standing before God on the judgement day: if God asked him “Why didn’t you believe in me?” Russell said he would reply “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!”

  8. It’s stories like this that make me wish for “snipers for humanity”–a group of highly trained rooftop assassins that will spray the brains of any MF’er inclined to murder an innocent for blasphemy in front of his family across the town square. The only way to fight this ‘blasphemy is a executable offense’ meme is to permanently remove the hardware on which it runs.

  9. This one act should end nearly all sympathy for the Syrian rebels. That put an end to getting help from the USA.

    The perpetrators imagined they were doing something holy and virtuous. Truce with such loonies is not acceptable. They must be cured.

  10. Another person killed for harboring views in the privacy of his skull which he unfortunately vented out. Views that harm no one. Just think about this. Views he had that harmed nobody. It wasn’t as if he was preaching violence. He was stating an opinion, a view. We may live in the 21st century but our brains haven’t changed much since 70,000 years ago!

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