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Pakistani Christians Live in Fear After Girl's Blasphemy Arrest


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Cal
- 701 days ago - worldnews.nbcnews.com
The Christian community in Rawalpindi -- a sprawling suburb of the capital city of Islamabad -- has been anything but peaceful since the Aug. 16 arrest of a young Christian girl named Rimsha Masih.



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Diane B. (275)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:53 pm
poor girl poor people they all are. Thnaks for posting this Cal
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:54 pm
In all honesty.....does it even matter if the girl has Down syndrome or not?

She burned pages from a book.

That's it! She burned pages from a book! Maybe it was HER PROPERTY?

Imagine me buying a bible, tearing out some pages, burning them and being ARRESTED?

Is Islam so weak it can't lovingly embrace a non-believer? Is Islam so weak it can't live in peace with non-Muslims?

 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 12:25 am
Thanks.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 1:56 am
Already expressed my distaste and repulsion for the regime.
 

Frans Badenhorst (548)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 3:34 am
poor girl, so sad
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 3:42 am
noted.
 

John S. (297)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 4:02 am
Noted.
 

Huber F. (4)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 5:28 am
The gal learns well..

Huber F.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 2:39 pm
It is simply terrible that this 11-yr-old child has been in prison, a maximum security prison, for the last month, obviously traumatized by what has happened. Of course, she is dying to get out of prison & go home, but -tragically- in the wake of her supposed crime, all the Christian families in the area where the girl lived, including her own, were "driven out of their homes by a rampaging crowd", certainly the same fanatics who forced the authorities to bring charges against her. "All of Rimsha's community, about 300 Christian families, are now living away from their homes, either with relatives or in makeshift shelters elsewhere in Islamabad."

There ARE responsible Muslims, however, who have reacted to this injustice & given the status and influence of their group, there may well be hope the situation will cool off;
In an unprecedented move, "Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy", reports the Guardian:

"Islamic leaders in Pakistan on Monday (27 August) came out in support of a Christian girl with learning difficulties who is being held in prison, in an UNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC DENUNCIATION of the BLASPHEMY LAW BY HARD-LINE MULLAHS.

The All Pakistan Ulema Council, an umbrella group of Muslim clerics and scholars, which includes representatives from fundamentalist groups, JOINED HANDS with the Pakistan Interfaith League, which includes Christians, Sikhs and other religions, to CALL FOR JUSTICE for the girl, Rimsha, who is accused of blasphemy. They also demanded that those making FALSE ALLEGATIONS be punished.

Tahir Ashrafi, the chairman of the council, warned that the "LAW OF THE JUNGLE" was gripping Pakistan, with police routinely PRESSURED by BAYING MOBS to REGISTER blasphemy charges, as happened in the case of Rimsha, which has made headlines around the world."

"This is the FIRST TIME in the HISTORY of PAKISTAN that THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY and SCHOLARS have STOOD UP for NON-MUSLIMS," said Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Interfaith League. "We are TOGETHER, demanding justice, demanding an unbiased investigation. And those abusing this law should be taken care of." .../..."

I sincerely hope that the influence of these Muslim scholars and their example of joining hands with the Pakistan Interfaith League will set an example for those who are fanaticized to the point of wishing the death of an 11-yr-old child.

The blasphemy law is such a touchy subject in Pakistan, it unleashes such rage & violence, that people are afraid to question it: two political leaders were murdered last year for speaking out against it. From the same Guardian article:

"a leading politician from the ruling Pakistan Peoples party, Salman Taseer, was gunned down by one of his bodyguards after he described the statute on blasphemy as a "black law" and called for the release of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, convicted under it. Taseer's murder was condoned and even celebrated by many in Pakistan the judge who eventually convicted his self-confessed murderer had to flee the country. Asia Bibi remains behind bars, despite the flimsiest of evidence against her.

Pakistan's minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was also assassinated last year after he questioned the law. In 2009, after rumours of the desecration of the Qur'an, an angry mob attacked the Christians in the town of Gojra, burning at least eight alive."
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 3:31 pm
sad!
 

Rhonda B. (104)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:54 pm
noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 12:48 am

http://www.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_save_my_daughter/?bfoQfbb&v=17436


 

Brenda Towers (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 11:05 am
Tragic.
 

Ira Herson (13)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 5:43 am
Who knows? It may be a turning point in Pakistan if they can at last limit the power of the Mullahs that keep the Pakistanis in the middle ages.

Islam is seems to provide an avenue for the fanatical to vent their ferocious madness with both the approval of their religion and their community.

The victims of this madness tend to be soft targets. Women walking dogs, 11 year old girls, etc, the list is so long it is impossible to comprehend.

Let us hope that the pendulum will swing and the rational will prevail over the fanatics.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:25 am
I have just tagged Fred Kohn's comment. This is what I wrote:

"How can a progressive site such as C2 allow people who support the wholesale destruction of an entire country to belong? Fred Krohn writes that the 'Dresden protocol' carpet bombing procedure should be implemented against Pakistan! This is truly terrible. He says that "the Pakistani Christians & those Muslims verified as peaceful" should be evacuated first. So, according to him, Christians have the right to life, but only 'peaceful' Muslims do. How does he know the Christians are 'peaceful'? Who is to do the 'verifying' of the Muslims' peaceful intentions? His comment expresses hatred for Muslims and incites to share it. The C2 community should not allow someone to be a member if they express support for the extermination of a people or a country. As a member of the C2 community, I am horrified by this comment."
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 5:26 am
I meant 'flagged'.
 
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