Piotr Stanczak did not exhibit the slightest hint of hesitation when the Pakistani Taliban asked him to choose between execution and conversion to Islam.
Whether the Polish geologist acted out of pride or religious conviction, he decided to pay through his blood to save his faith, a choice that bewildered his killers and keep them talking about him with respect after his murder.
“Our people were keeping an eye on his movements for several months. We were expecting that we could exchange some of our mujahideen in the government’s custody for him,” Amir quoted a guard as saying.
“Piotr never showed any sign of nervousness or fear. He would finish the food we gave him and sleep well. We all admired his courage. It was not an easy decision even for our commander to kill Piotr,” the guard, who identified himself as Abdullah, told Amir. “That’s why he gave him a last chance,”
“But he was very stubborn and refused our goodwill gesture to save his life,” Abdullah was cited as saying by Amir.
“Piotr said first we should release him. He will go back to his country, consult his family and read about Islam and only then deicide [that is one hell of a sic] about converting to Islam.”
This surprised everyone but we had to kill him because principles are principles - we gave him a chance and he lost it, the guard told Amir. “But undoubtedly he was a brave man.”
Of course, giving a Christian or Jewish hostage a three-part choice comes straight from the holy, holy Qur'an:
Qur’an 9:29 “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued”
He didn't pay their jizya demands, didn't convert to Islam; the only remaining choice is clear, smiting at his neck.
After reading this update, I greatly admire Piotr Stanczak, who was a true martyr for refusing to give up his beliefs even to save his life. But then Christianity does not have a concept like 'taqiyya', which allows Shi'a Muslims to lie about their faith in order to avoid being murdered by Sunni Muslims. God values honesty, Allah values deception. Piotr Stanczak was no victim; his faith defeated their threats of violence. His killers live, but they live as Muslims, which is its own purgatory.
I hope we could all emulate Piotr Stanczak's resolve.
More importantly, I hope we never have to.
And thus the name of Piotr Stanczak is added to the long and illustrious list of Saints, Martyrs and Confessors of Poland.
I am sure that Jan Sobieski and the Blessed Maximilien Kolbe were at hand to welcome his soul into the Company of Heaven.
May God comfort his family and friends and may his memory be a blessing.
May the Lord grant him everlasting rest and may perpetual light shine upon him.
In the article that Esmerelda posted, we see different factions of the Polish government blaming other factions of the Polish government for the death of Piotr Stanczak. As is typical, point your finger anywhere when assigning blame for Muslim behavior, as long as you're pointing at a kufir.
The thing that led to Piotr's death was not the Prime Minister's words, it was the Muslims sawing off his head while chanting 'Allahu Akbar'.
To use his murder for domestic political gain is disgusting. To believe kufirs caused his death is to display a pathological break with reality.
I was putting this up as my own post just as you were posting yours.
He was a brave man.
This is from the Krakow Post.
"His killers live, but they live as Muslims, which is its own purgatory"
Perhaps Piotr can become a saint (I would imagine he was Catholic) and thus his religion can show how the west values the good and the resolute in its people.