Islam of terrorists is not real Islam! Islamic extremists are a tiny minority! We just keep reading these or variations of these statements.
Most people try to understand Islam from point of view of terrorism ignoring and forgetting the fact that terrorism is just a tactic or means to achieve political goals. Islam - being political at its core - is imperialist (supremacist) in its (political) ideology supported by religious dogma filled with with universal claims of Islam is the true religion and others are falsehood, Islam is the light and others are darkness, Muslims are superior and the best of humanity while non-Muslims are the vilest of all creatures and are like vermin. For better of humanity, this vermin should be defeated and subjugated.
For no other reason, all most all Muslim majority nations reject secularism, declare themselves as Islamic nations, restrict freedom of religion and are the only ones to form an organization based solely on religion.
It is these supremacist beliefs - coupled with belief of victim-hood and inferior status thus, feeling of injustice because they should be powerful and ruling class - that guide popular movements in Islamic nations. In Islamic law, a Muslim is always above non-Muslim in every aspect of life - with friendship between Muslims and non-Muslims is prohibited by Allah in Koran - and all non-Muslims should be excluded from Islamic Govt..
It is precisely these beliefs that are behind legislative members of Punjab(Pakistan) Assembly objecting to a Christian presenting budget.
The reason mentioned in news report i.e. fear of losing votes from 'conservative' Muslims should tell how bogus the claim of only a tiny minority of Muslims being extremists by Islamic apologists and media is.
Muslims in Pakistan object to a Christian presenting budget
Several provincial legislators in Punjab belonging to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have objected to Punjab cabinet member Kamran Michael presenting the budget on grounds that he is Christian, sources within the party told The Express Tribune.
Sources say PML-N leaders are in a bind trying to figure out who to assign the finance ministry portfolio before the budget is presented before the Punjab Assembly on June 10.
Several party members are reported to have objected to a Christian being given such a prominent position as that of delivering the annual budget speech and fear losing votes amongst some of their conservative, right-wing vote bank. The PML-N is already afraid of losing ground in its heartland of Punjab to other parties that have been making inroads in the province in recent months.
Michael had been given charge of the finance ministry in March, after the PML-N kicked out the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from Punjab’s ruling coalition. He replaced the PPP’s Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, in addition to retaining his earlier portfolio of human rights and minorities affairs.
However, while Michael was minister in theory, in practise the position has been managed by Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa, senior adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who was given charge of the finance and planning and division department for two months after the PPP was kicked out.
Sources say that Michael was forbidden from even contacting the finance secretary or the chairman of the planning and development department.
Michael holds the finance ministry as an “additional portfolio”, which means that he is authorised to present the budget. However, he has not been assigned the ministry itself. Rule 136 of the Punjab Assembly Rules of Procedure requires the provincial budget to be presented by the finance minister or another minister who has been assigned his portfolio.
According to the rules of the Punjab Assembly, the residual powers of any unfilled portfolios in the provincial cabinet are transferred to the chief minister until a new minister is appointed. Shahbaz currently holds 20 portfolios himself, having failed to appoint cabinet ministers after kicking out the PPP from the ruling coalition.
Sources said that PML-N members have suggested that the “additional portfolio” for the finance ministry be given to Education and Excise Minister Mujtaba Shuja Rehman in order to avoid Michael presenting the budget. A final decision on the matter is expected to be taken at a party meeting on Tuesday (today).
Since the chief minister technically occupies the powers of finance minister, he could present the budget himself, without having to assign the portfolio to any other cabinet member.
Punjab Government spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid told The Express Tribune that Rehman is most likely to present the Punjab budget for fiscal year 2012.}}}
Note (1): The Christian minister is duly replaced by a Muslim, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, for temporary purpose of presenting budget (here).
Note (2): And following are excerpts from what (late) Maududi, founder of Jamaat-e-Islaami and most popular Islamic scholar in Indian subcontinent, says regarding the Islamic supremacism, verse 9:29 and Jihad in his exegesis of Koran(tasfir):
The reason why Jihad should be waged against them [Jews and Christians] is that they did not adopt the Law [Based on Koran] sent down by Allah through His Messenger [Prophet Mohammad].
This is the aim of Jihad with the Jews and the Christians and it is not to force them to become Muslims and adopt the `Islamic Way of Life.' They should be forced to pay Jizyah in order to put an end to their independence and supremacy so that they should not remain rulers and sovereigns in the land. These powers should be wrested from them by the followers of the true Faith[Islam], who should assume the sovereignty and lead others towards the Right Way, while they[Jews and Christians and all non-Muslims] should become their subjects and pay jizyah. Jizyah is paid by those non-Muslims who live as Zimmis (proteges) in an Islamic State, in exchange for the security and protection granted to them by it. This is also symbolical of the fact that they themselves agree to live in it as its subjects. This is the significance of "..... they Pay jizyah with their own hands," that is, "with full consent so that they willingly become the subjects of the Believers, who perform the duty of the vicegerents of AIIah on the earth."
At first this Command applied only to the Jews and the Christians. Then the Holy Prophet himself extended it to the Zoroastrians also. After his death, his Companions unanimously applied this rule to all the non-Muslim nations outside Arabia.
This is jizyah " of which the Muslims have been feeling apologetic during the last two centuries of their degeneration and there are still some people who continue to apologize for it. But the Way of Allah is straight and clear and does trot stand in need of any apology to the rebels against AIIah. Instead of offering apologies on behalf of Islam for the measure that guarantees security of life, property and faith to those who choose to live under its protection, the Muslims should feel proud of such a humane law as that of jizyah.........
As regards the question, "What do the non-Muslims get in return for Jizyah " it may suffice to say that it is the price of the freedom which the Islamic State allows them in following their erroneous ways, while living in the jurisdiction of Islam and enjoying its protection. The money thus collected is spent in maintaining the righteous administration that gives them the freedom and protects their rights. This also serves as a yearly reminder to them that they have been deprived of the honour of paying Zakat in the Way of Allah, and forced to pay jizyah instead as a price of following the ways of error.