As for the reason that the sentence was greater because it was the leader of another nation, then all I can say is that it is because the harm can be great to the relations of two countries. At that point it is no longer a simple matter between two people, but begins to involve politics and diplomacy. The harm could go far beyond a simple shoe toss, therefore there are harsher punishments for such instances.
what if it isnt a leader of a another nation? and why is there harsher punishments for such instances? you seemed to have missed my point. what im getting at, is that when people are in a higher postion/authority (such as a police man) that a more stricter punsiment is served to the perpetrator who murdered/assaulted, then if that perpetrator had murdered an ordinary citizen. why? becuase he is in a position of authority which calls for a higher respect hence a severe punishment.
what would happen if a well respected and revered person in society (leader, police man, perhaps even a celebrity) did get murdered/assaulted, etc.
wouldn't the general public abhor that person more, and wouldn't be there a more outrage towards the death of this respected person, if say an ordinary citizen was murdered?
people who say that Muslims are violent and are intolerable, need to only look in their own societies becuase quite frankly, what they accuse us of, is rampant in their own.
You have to realize, though, that when you make those threats then you are representing Islam (whether accurately or not).
Are you really showing respect to your Prophet or to Allah by threatening people with violence for such things?
with due respect, your question is slightly misplaced. you have isolated the argument here and dressed in such a way wherein which one is expected to say only one thing, without properly analyzing the reasoning behind it.
1) it depends on your definition of violence? why do people go straight for the jugular and say we are violent, etc whilst completely ignoring what it is that may drive us towards what we may do?
also, the question goes begging: why is it of anyone concern to insult our prophet/beliefs? why do it? what is their agenda towards us that they need to stir our anger up? why cant they just bugger off and leave us alone? seriously, we are quite calm, cool and collected people. we just get annoyed when people annoy us.
2) Can you expect people to NOT to get angry over something they hold dear, in this case, their faith? would any normal person NOT get angry when their, (for eg) say their parents, families, ways of life, etc being insulted. same sort of concept applies here. why do you think the "coalition of the willing" are in Iraq, etc right now? because so called terrorists (i believe its an inside job, hence "so-called") were apparently against Western civilization and therefore felt the need to do what they did on 9/11
why then, is the as a result of 9/11 (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc) called heroism, and us getting angry over our religion being insulted called violence?
the smell of double standards is rather revolting +o( :exhausted
Do you think Christians don't respect Jesus simply because they don't issue rulings calling for the death of people that insult him?
you shouldn't compare Christians/people of other faiths with Muslims/Islam. they aren't any more better then us if they choose not to say anything. if Christians dont want to say anything, that's their own problem. that's their own standards. dont paint people with the same brush.its not fair to imply "oh look at you violent Muslims you. when Christians have their faith insulted, do you see them causing an uproar. geez haven't you considered that maybe your a little extreme." give us some credit will you.
To non-Muslims the image of Islam will be whatever image Muslims portray. By threatening people who insult your beliefs you portray Islam as a violent religion, especially if you put those threats in a religious decree
that's sometimes the problem. alot non-Muslims dont care for what Muslims have to say for themselves or what we are really like and hence they let them selves be brainwashed by the media. perhaps a comment far-fetched, but i do wonder what the opinions of these non-Muslims would have of Muslims if the meida worded their reports a little differently and not isolated the situation and make it look one-sided...the media can be quite vicious and see anything associated with Islam and Muslims as "hot topic"
so my point is, sometimes it depends on the individual themselves as well...