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    Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan 'for blasphemy'
    A Christian woman has been sentenced to hang in Pakistan after being convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...blasphemy.html


    Asia Bibi has been sentenced to death 'for blasphemy'

    By Rob Crilly in Islamabad and Aoun Sahi in Lahore 5:36PM GMT 09 Nov 2010

    Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother-of-five, denies blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith in a country where Christians face routine harassment and discrimination.

    Christian groups and human rights campaigners condemned the verdict and called for the blasphemy laws to be repealed.

    Her supporters say she will now appeal against the sentence handed down in a local court in the town of Sheikhupura, near Lahore, Pakistan.

    Ashiq Masih, her husband, said he had not had the heart to break the news to two of their children.

    "I haven't told two of my younger daughters about the court's decision," he said. "They asked me many times about their mother but I can't get the courage to tell them that the judge has sentenced their mother to capital punishment for a crime she never committed." Mrs Bibi has been held in prison since June last year.

    The court heard she had been working as a farmhand in fields with other women, when she was asked to fetch drinking water.

    Some of the other women – all Muslims – refused to drink the water as it had been brought by a Christian and was therefore "unclean", according to Mrs Bibi's evidence, sparking a row.

    The incident was forgotten until a few days later when Mrs Bibi said she was set upon by a mob.

    The police were called and took her to a police station for her own safety.

    Shahzad Kamran, of the Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, said: "The police were under pressure from this Muslim mob, including clerics, asking for Asia to be killed because she had spoken ill of the Prophet Mohammed.

    "So after the police saved her life they then registered a blasphemy case against her." He added that she had been held in isolation for more than a year before being sentenced to death on Monday.

    "The trial was clear," he said. "She was innocent and did not say those words." Earlier this year, Pakistan's internet service providers were ordered to block Facebook to prevent access to supposedly blasphemous images.

    Human rights groups believe the law is often used to discriminate against religious minorities, such as the country's estimated three million Christians.

    Although no one has ever been executed under Pakistan's blasphemy laws – most are freed on appeal – as many as 10 people are thought to have been murdered while on trial.

    Ali Hasan Dayan, of Human Rights Watch, said the blasphemy laws were out of step with rights guaranteed under Pakistan's constitution and should be repealed.

    "It's an obscene law," he said. "Essentially the blasphemy law is used as a tool of persecution and to settle other scores that are nothing to do with religion.

    "It makes religious minorities particularly vulnerable because it's often used against them."
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    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.
    I thought our esteemed President would comment when he was in that part of the world. He did say he's a Christian, right? But I guess this would be a distraction from his latest apology/suck up to the Muslim world tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.
    Now come on. You know that if it were a gay man, the tolerance class would be just as indifferent. It's a part of their culture, you see, and who are we to impose our morals on them? Western liberals only impose their morals (or lack of them) on conservatives, Christians, Jews, Anglos or anyone else no likely to retaliate with violence.
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    Our ally Pakistan would do such a thing.

    Shame on us for having such an ally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    Our ally Pakistan would do such a thing.

    Shame on us for having such an ally.
    Pakistan is definitely more problem than solution. They created the Taliban because they couldn't control the original mujahedeen who drove out the Soviets and then provided sanctuary to them after 9/11, Their ISI is riddled with Salafi fanatics and our aid might as well go straight to al Qaeda.

    We really need to back India to the hilt.
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    Great. The Islamic community has evolved all the way to where Christians were in 1690. Come to think of it, that would be about right since they were not really organized as a religion until about 600. Looks like we have a long time to wait for them to join the modern world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.
    What are you objecting to? That the Koran prescribes the death penalty for blasphemy or that some Muslim societies follow that prescription?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.


    Not only that, she didn't even commit the blashphemy she was accused of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    ROPMA as usual. As long as it's a woman, not a gay man, everything's right in tolerance-world.
    Oh, I don't know... it seems like human rights organizations are doing what they can for this lady, though I don't know what that actually entails, or how much its likely to help.

    Is the "tolerance-world" as you call it, really ignoring this and/or does it consistently ignore other cases like it? I don't know, I've seen plenty of the same people who fight for gay rights also decry religiously based human rights abuses.
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