Asia Bibi and the Pakistan Blasphemy Laws – sentenced to death for drinking water!

There is a war going on in Pakistan regarding the insane blasphemy laws. Hard line clerics have called out masses of people to protest that the laws are being diluted.

Diluted!!  They need chucking out!!  The blasphemy laws are barbaric!!

Asia Bibi is a Christian. She was out harvesting berries with a group of Muslim women. They protested about her drinking water from the same bowl as them and accused her of insulting the prophet. In 2010 court found her guilty and sentenced her to death by hanging.

She is still in prison awaiting death. Violent fanatics have threatened her family and say they will kill Asia if she is released.

This is the madness of fundamentalist religion!!

24 thoughts on “Asia Bibi and the Pakistan Blasphemy Laws – sentenced to death for drinking water!

  1. You’re right, of course, my friend. It IS the lunacy of fundamentalist religious wingnuts — all different brands. But we must remember that not all folks who a hold a religious viewpoint are fundamentalists. There are billions of religious/spiritual individuals and organizations who do amazingly good things for the world. But like scripture says, they try not to advertise what they do. Gaining notoriety is not their goal — unlike the fringe groups you’re talking about who are after their 15 minutes of fame. You don’t see their productivity and love for others splashed all over the news media for the simple reason it doesn’t “sell papers.” We are turning into a world coliseum of modern-day Romans swept along by the crowds to our seats. And by God we don’t want to miss ANY of the bloodshed. Even when it involves villainizing traumatized high school and elementary school kids. THAT is the same as offering them up to the lions — in my opinion (pardon my metaphor). How about do some research on the good things people of faith do? 😉 (I DO like to play devil’s advocate, you know! It’s gonna get me kicked out the church someday! LOL)

    1. Cheryl, I’m sure there are many good things that people do and that not all religious people are nutters. It is just when I read about things are vicious and barbaric as this it makes me mad.

      1. I know. It does make me angry, too. You know we had a discussion at church last night about the Parkland School shooting. People were really needing to decompress. I think a lot of folks who did NOT come expected others to make gun owners the bad guys. Funny thing is, that didn’t happen. The discussion was very well balanced with people recognizing that some folks like owning guns for the challenge of sports with them. Besting themselves at ranges and what not. Or truly for hunting meat which they eat. I think that’s the way all discussions MUST go if they are to be fruitful. We have to learn to look at things from both sides — but not necessarily agree with them. I think it’s our ability to reason that way that sets us apart from other species.

      2. I think you summed it up Cheryl. I hate the idea of hunting but I have a good friend who loves hunting. He goes out shooting and fishing. We discuss it and agree to differ but both respect each others point of view.

  2. If we withheld our overseas aid until the Pakistan government overturned this law this would be a positive step. Isn’t it time we stopped supporting legalized discrimination like this.

    1. I agree with you Peter. That’s a good idea. These extreme fundamentalists have far too much power. They need controlling so that ordinary people can lead their lives.

      1. Sorry – that’s a typo. Shooting and fishing is what it was meant to be. I don’t know what happened there. But shooting fish, with the problem of refraction in water, would be quite a sport!

  3. I am sorry if i appear rude to you but this is not the madness of the religion but of the people who are ignorant of the laws. They try to practise these laws without even knowing their actual content. Islam is not an extreme religion neither does it teach us about that. No religion teaches such things as to disrespect humanity but it still happens in the world. Its not the religion which should be held responsible but the people who don’t understand its teachings. Islam teaches us to respect every religion in the world.

    1. Be the change – It may well be that Islam, Christianity, Judaism and all the rest teach respect but when reading the Old Testament or Koran one is struck by the violence and intolerance. How can that be explained?

      1. I think religions tend to take their holy books entirely too literally. They are actually cultural statements on life at the time. Violence was common then. But until we learn the difference between cultural history and how the world has changed we will always have people who swear it is all law for us today… Some people are coming to realize that. Until we all do there can be no chance for peace — in my opinion.

      2. I agree Cheryl. There is so much cultural baggage in those books that relate to a time long gone. Fundamentalists take things far too literally.

      3. This is because one reads it only from the surface. Koran is not just a book of words and old stories. It is a book with hidden wisdom which will be only revealed to those who seek it. And talking of intolerance and violence, Koran and Islam forbids its followers even to make people accept Islam, by being violent. If someone wants to learn the true teachings of Islam, he should try to learn the meaning of every word of Koran. The thought of violence and intolerance will be simply and gradually eliminated. 🙂

  4. Be the Change – I have read both the Koran and Old Testament and have found much in it of violence and cultural mores. I think it is how individuals select the tracts that they want that is the problem. You can extract different parts to read what you want.

    1. I think all holy books create underlying principles of wisdom. Unfortunately man is the kind of animal that is determined to be in charge of his own destiny and, therefore, DOES exactly what you said, Opher. Not all men, of course. But a great many groups. You are correct. You can’t just simply pick and choose what supports your argument. I could say SO much about that! People get hurt that way…

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