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Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan ‘for blasphemy’

November 9, 2010

Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan ‘for blasphemy’ – Telegraph.

How often do we have to be shown Islam is not a religion of peace before the majority of us get the message?  I am tired of the argument, “I think all of us recognize that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people that is never justified.”, as our President most recently stated when asked about his feelings of jihad.

This story, about Asia Bibi, who has recently been sentenced to death for blasphemy, seems to tell us otherwise Mr. President.  Here is a description of her “crime”:

…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.

It looks like the “moderate” muslims got their way, as she was sentenced to death on Monday.

This is not a rare instance, people being arrested for blasphemy, as this next article points out: [arabnews.com]

Police arrested Zaibun Nisa, now 55, in 1996 outside Islamabad after a Muslim cleric registered a complaint about the desecration of a copy of the Qur’an.

She has been held in the prison section of a mental hospital in the eastern city of Lahore for 14 years without trial because no one pursued her case.

At least she was finally released.  Although a sentence of death is pretty rare in Pakistani blasphemy cases, often the defendant doesn’t make it to trial alive, because the “moderate” muslims have a tendency to knock them off before hand.

Two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous letter against the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) were gunned down outside a court in the eastern city of Faisalabad on Monday. [July 19th, 2010]

Welcome to one aspect of the “religion of peace” that has been corrupted by a “radical few”.  If these mobs of  muslims are the exception, where do we have to look to find the actual peace loving moderates, cause it sure is hard to spot them.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. JustFacts permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:55 pm

    Just sitting here listening to the crickets sing as we wait for NOW, MADRE, and the other left-wing ideologues to even comment on the travesty that this is. Where is Human Rights Watch? Where is the MSM? How about a statement from CAIR? How about a half-hour rant from Keith Olbermann? I guess if we don’t hear anything from these people, this must just be right-wing propaganda.

    • November 10, 2010 1:22 am

      To be fair, human rights groups are against this, but you are correct about the other groups you named.

      I wish I could explain why people can just sit back and not even comment on this stuff, it is infuriating. Politics is fine and dandy when you speak about economics or whatever, but these are peoples lives, what kind of human are you to ignore such stuff going on? Its just sad.

  2. November 10, 2010 12:00 am

    This woman has been wronged, not only her, Pakistan is unique when it comes to ‘rights and justice for minorities’. It is true however that the most ignorant people ‘claim’ to be the most ‘religious’, atleast that is true for countries such as Pakistan.

    However I may add that we find no such law in the Holy Quraa’n or in traditions of the Prophet that justify this kind of ‘legalized murder’ (which is what I call it)

    • November 10, 2010 1:19 am

      Then the rest of the world needs to here your voice, that was the point of the article. The only people defending Islam in the United States happen to also defend groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and such. Get the damn politics out of it and tell us, as a united voice, that Islam disproves of the radical nature of these acts. So far, Islam has been pretty silent on the subject, and it infuriates Americans.

      • November 10, 2010 1:34 am

        The tragedy is that Islam is being used as a tool for certain ‘interest’ groups be it political or regional. Islam clearly speaks against violence. I have discussed ‘Islamists’ in greater details in my articles. You might be interested in reading this: http://dinopak.wordpress.com/islamophobia/.

        Unfortunately, the unification is one of the major issues surrounding the Muslim world. Religion and ethics are but names and gestures to be shown to others.

  3. November 10, 2010 2:42 pm

    Islam might “clearly” speak against violence, although I feel you are referring to the early scripture in the Koran relating to Mecca, and not the later surahs written during the Medina period.

    Surah 2:106 – None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

    Early Islam was wholly encased in violence, and its early expansion through war is unquestioned. Recent history has shown a multitude of violence in the name of Islam, with commensurate cheering in the streets by “average” muslims. Are we supposed to turn a blind eye to all this?

    My only point is this – The outcry from the non-violent Muslims is non-existent!!! All we hear is how WE are wrong for thinking otherwise, and “Islam is peaceful”. No loud exclamation from the Muslim community in the United States saying these attacks are wrong. We get CAIR and other organizations supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, who kill innocent people through terrorist attacks.

    You can tell me what Islam is “supposed” to be all day long, I will keep telling what Islam is. Hopefully, one day, the more moderate muslims can make it more of what you guys say it is, until then, I am going to keep talking about the violence of the “religion of peace.”

    • November 10, 2010 7:20 pm

      According to you, “Early Islam was wholly encased in violence, and its early expansion through war is unquestioned”. I would like you to produce any example, just one. There is no such thing as violent or non-violent Muslim. Just like you cannot say violent or non-violent Christian or say violent or non-violent Jew.

      Islam preaches tolerance, it promotes peace. I am just asking you to study Islam unbiased. Religion has always been used against others as a tool for bloodshed. The Christian crusades were carried out to slay people of other religions, while the inquisition was for Christians to murder their own people.

      My point is, you cannot ‘label’ any of these elements as being religious. I for once do not think the crusaders who mercilessly plundered through Middle East, raped women (even children) and murdered innocent were Christians at all. I do not ‘label’ the ones in the inquisition as ‘followers of the Christ’. They had their own earthly interests and they used the name of Christianity to get their way.

      In these times, an Average Muslim is ignorant when it comes to religion, they don’t study their own religion or even social ethics for that matter. True, their actions are horrible, but if you know Islam, you will be able to differentiate between ‘their own interests’ and ‘Islamic way of living’

  4. November 10, 2010 7:45 pm

    You actually want me to produce evidence of the militant spread of Islam during and immediately after the death of Muhammad? Uhh, any history book will tell you so.

    Not to mention Muhammad himself lead an army of followers that ousted the Jewish tribes of the Banu Qaynuga, the Banu Nadir and the Banu Qurayza out of Medina, and he didn’t do it peacefully.

    As far as Christianity is concerned, please give me a recent example of violence in the name of that religion. If you can, which I seriously doubt, I can easily offset it with ten acts of violence from “the religion of peace”.

    But again you are missing the point. Instead of accepting the fact that tons of people are doing violence in the name of your religion, you excuse it away and while admitting it is horrible, you say I don’t “know” Islam. I’m sorry, its not my responsibility to clean up the mess of your fellow worshippers, its yours.

    If you feel I am insulting or attacking your religion, can I not just as easily say, “you don’t understand?” The truth is, terrorist attacks by Muslims is a monthly occurrence, you equating it to the Crusades is disingenuous, because that was, oh I don’t know, 900 years ago?

    When I can listen to the news for a week without seeing an innocent person being killed by Muslims, then we might be able to talk about the “true” nature of Islam, but that will never happen because the Muslims (like yourself) that do not condone this violence are doing absolutely nothing to decry it.

    • November 10, 2010 8:31 pm

      I suppose you haven’t read history. Your example is totally biased, because you don’t know the events that lead to war against these tribes. You say “Not to mention Muhammad himself lead an army of followers that ousted the Jewish tribes of the Banu Qaynuga, the Banu Nadir and the Banu Qurayza out of Medina, and he didn’t do it peacefully.”

      Let me explain one of them to you, Banu Qaynuqa had a treaty with Muslims, they were living there peacefully until they broke the treaty and assaulted a Muslim woman. Banu Nadir were the aggressors in the Battle of Badr.

      While you have quoted all examples, you failed to mention that it was Prophet Muhammad, who after his arrival at Yathrib (later called Medina) resolved their infighting and made a pact which is famously known as the constitution of Medina.

      I must clarify that I am NOT excusing from the fact that violence have taken place and is taking place ‘in the name of religion’. I am trying to tell you that the name of religion is being used, all of this violence is NOT in religion, as I have said that religion is a mere TOOL for these people.

      You ask for an example of Christian corruption, I believe the pedophilia case upon the Christian church wasn’t that long ago and the Pope had to take action.

      I am not denying that such horrible acts are carried out by the (so called) Muslims practicing (their so called) religion. The truth is that none of this is taught by Islam.

      I am not defending anyone who carry outs suicide bombings or kills people or commits to horrible acts. What I am trying to say is what they portray as Islam, totally is the opposite of it.

      • November 10, 2010 11:20 pm

        I guess bias goes both ways, because just after the Battle of Badr, you left out the Massacre of Badr.

        Not sure I asked for an example of Christian “corruption” but that’s fine, pedophilia is obviously a stain on the Catholic church. And guess what, unlike the crimes of Islam, there is huge outcry against the church whenever these scumbag priests do this. And wow, did you leave a door open for me to bring up something about Muhammad, but you will just say I don’t know my history so I won’t.

        We are arguing two different points, I think Islam needs to weed these radicals out, instead of ignore them. You are arguing that the violence isn’t part of Islam. Fine, whatever. Whether or not it is “part” of Islam is irrelevant, it is being done in the name of Islam which makes ALL muslims look bad.

  5. November 11, 2010 12:24 am

    Again, you have been told there was a ‘massacre’ in Badr, where 1,500 soldiers came to take on 314 Muslims. There was no massacre, it was a fierce battle there was bloodshed on each side but after victory the Muslims did what was the code of conduct of wars in that time, though the leaders of Banu Nadir were spared just to go back to Mecca and try again another day. We can go around in circles here, you say some I say some, I really do not mean to offend you or Christianity, it was a mere example.

    I do admit the fact that these terrifying actions of radicals who USE the name of Islam has ruined the name of our religion badly. Muslims need to come forward and show the world what Islam is about. But this cause will never succeed if the rest of the world reconsider unbiased study of Islamic theology, tradition and history. I admit the fact that most of the Muslims are still in the dark about their religion and its history and the facts ‘fabricated’ / ‘altered’ to make Islam look bad makes it even worse.

    You can also participate in ridding the world from this evil element knows as ‘radicals’ or ‘fundamentalists’ by studying Islam unbiased, so that you are not among those who spread lies and confusion about a religion. Think of it, not as a favor to Islam, but a favor to humanity.

    • November 11, 2010 1:24 am

      Lets just agree to disagree, because we can go back and forth all day long. I appreciate you opinion, otherwise I would not have continued to have the discussion, but I think we are just not going to agree on the issue. Thanks for your comments. =)

  6. JustFacts permalink
    November 11, 2010 10:32 am

    Still no word from any US Media on this case. Guess we have to get all of our non-adulatory information about Muslim/Islam from foreign sources.

    AFP – 11/10/2010 Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan

    Seems like it isn’t only terrorists or poiliticians that use this “religion” for their own sordid benefits. Looks like some local co-workers can play the system too. This is what happens when you have a state religion, and the courts are controlled by the clerics. It is all done in the name of Islam – the religion of peace and understanding. Nothing extremist about this.

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