I woke up on April 1st and heard the disturbing news of Talle Mia Ruwa, the middle-aged man who was lynched by a mob in Bauchi state for alleged blasphemy. Because of my "religionlessness", crime (whatever crime) perpetuated in the name of religion (whatever religion) gets to me. So, I thought the Talle news disturbed me more than it did anyone else. However, on relating with some persons, I saw that they were equally disturbed. A christian friend went on a barrage on how the Muslims are so wicked as to kill a man simply for insulting their prophet. Then i reminded him of the discussion we had some time ago when he was justifying that story of elisha in the christian holy book where the man called upon 2 bears to kill 42 children because they mocked him. At the time, he had told me of how wrong it is to insult the anointed of God, and that the children got just judgement. As i suspected he would, my friend went into another bout of justification. "They are two different stories" he told me. "In Elisha's case, he didn't do the killing himself, the bears did" he added My answer to him was "Talle insulted a prophet and was killed for it, just as the 42 kids in the elisha story insulted a prophet and were killed for it" Saying "elisha did not do the killing, the bears did" is like saying "the irate Bauchi mob did not do the killing, the fire did". Then i added "you can only be a hypocrite if you justify one and condemn the other" I understand that christians today (at least the majority) do not go about killing for their faith, but is it not hypocritical to still justify that elisha story and condemn a parallel case? If you are among the many christians that condemn the killing of Talle, then you also should condemn the killing of those children (in that story in your holy book). If for any reason, you find some reasonable explanations or justifications for the killing of those children; then i see no reason why you should be disturbed that many muslims will find the killing of Talle justifiable. As for me... what do i know. I am just a senseless atheist who thinks "religion makes people do crazy things and feel okay about doing them"