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by Dr. D ~ March 14th, 2012

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FORT ABBAS, Pakistan, March 12 (Compass Direct New):

– A young mother has been falsely accused of “blaspheming” Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, because she rebuffed attempts by relatives who had converted to Islam to force her to renounce her Christian faith, family members said.

Police arrested 26-year-old Shamim Bibi, mother of a 5-month-old girl for “blasphemy” in Punjab Province after neighbors accused her of uttering remarks against Muhammad.

Several relatives had converted to Islam and tried to get Bibi to also leave her Christian faith. Neighbors claimed that in the argument over the two religions, Bibi had somehow blasphemed Islam.

The young mother is charged with breaking Section 295-C of Pakistan’s “blasphemy” law which is punishable by death or life imprisonment. The statue is following:

“Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

If one rejects Islam, it is almost impossible not to violate the blasphemy law in some way or another since one is rejecting the claims of Islam and the prophet Mohammed. The controversial statute is far too vague and the punishment is ridiculously severe.

Response: Christians by their very presence and continued faith in Christianity could be charged almost any time under this vague law since their very refusal to join Islam stands as a rejection and an “innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly” against the so-called prophet of Islam and his religion.

There is no justice for Christians or minority religions in Pakistan as long as this law can be manipulated and used against those who refuse to become Muslims. Continued pressure needs to be put upon the Pakistani government to alter and change this outrageous statute.            *Top

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