October 20, 2014

Pakistan to Execute Woman for Blasphemy

Blasphemy laws are antithetical to freedom.

A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday

Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, had appealed before the Lahore High Court against the ruling, in which she was found guilty of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, but the court rejected her appeal Thursday, her lawyer said.

Under Pakistani blasphemy laws( introduced by the military dictator Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in 1980s), insulting the Quran or the Prophet Muhammad can be punished with life imprisonment or death. Experts say the laws often are exploited for personal gain.

Note the story is from the Times of Israel, a state that guarantees freedom of religious expression and a state in which you cannot be prosecuted for blasphemy of any sort.

To add insult to injury, Israel also has a miracle of modern engineering called a sanitary septic system.

Pakistan: Must suck to be them.

By Howie at 11:46 AM | Comments |