Saturday, November 27, 2010

Warning of anarchy if death row Christian woman is pardoned

If the role was reverse and a Christian woman defended Islam, the likelihood for a massive Christian outcry is close to nil. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. While Muslims are condemning Asia Bibi outspoken opinion against Islam, there are many Muslims calling us Islamophobes and racist for protesting the mosque at Ground Zero. There is certain population of Muslims that have a culture sensitivity issue and those who are affected need help.

(Christian Today-Australia) Hundreds of Muslims took to the streets of Lahore on Friday to demonstrate their anger as the Pakistani government makes its mind up over whether or not to pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Muslims in the country are outraged at the prospect of Asia Bibi’s death sentence being overturned. According to Agence France Presse, the rally was organised by a subsidiary of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a banned charity that the UN believes has terrorist links.

Bibi was sentenced to hang on November 8 for allegedly blaspheming against Islam during a dispute with Muslim colleagues last year. She has already spent the last year and a half in prison but is hoping that President Asif Ali Zardari will grant her a pardon.

On Thursday, Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti submitted a report to the government in which he stated that the blasphemy case against Bibi was based on personal enmity and that the charges were false. He recommended that Bibi appeal her sentence in the Lahore High Court.

The case has made international headlines, with Pope Benedict XVI among those who have appealed for her release.

The head of the Sunni Ittehad Council, Sahibzada Fazal Kareem, told the AFP: “The pardon would lead to anarchy in the country. Our stand is very clear that this punishment cannot be waived.”