Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Underwear Bomber Pleads Guilty on All Counts

Religious zealots of all stripes should take note that if "religion" tells you to kill another human, then it's   not really religion at all. Killing people is universally immoral, even more so when it's done in the name of religion. You'd think that would be a fairly simple concept.
A Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear pleaded guilty Wednesday and said he wanted to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims by the United States.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, entered the guilty pleas a day after testimony began in his trial.

Abdulmutallab, who is linked to al Qaeda, stood at a podium and spoke in a firm but calm and quiet voice, telling the court he was fulfilling a "religious duty" and participating in an act of jihad against the United States by trying to bring down the plane. He was unapologetic as he said his attack was meant to avenge Muslim civilians killed in Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere by the United States. Reuters