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For Debate or Discussion: USCIRF Condemns Arrest of Ahmadi Muslim on Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan

Discussion in 'Religious News' started by danieldemol, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. danieldemol

    danieldemol Well-Known Member
    Premium Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    Baha'i inspired liberal
    'Washington, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the arrest of Ramzan Bibi, a 55-year-old Ahmadi Muslim woman in Cheleki, Pakistan, on blasphemy charges.

    While we recognize that the Pakistani government has made positive steps in promoting religious freedom over the past year, the arrest of Ramzan Bibi represents a step in the wrong direction,” said USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava. “We strongly urge Pakistani authorities to release Ms. Bibi from jail and drop all charges against her.”

    On April 30, a written complaint submitted to the police alleged that Ms. Bibi made blasphemous remarks during a personal dispute over the return of her charitable donation to a local mosque. She was charged under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, an offence that carries the death penalty. As highlighted in a recent USCIRF policy update about Pakistan’s blasphemy law, USCIRF is aware of nearly 80 individuals imprisoned on blasphemy charges, half of whom face life imprisonment or the death penalty.'

    Read more here: USCIRF Condemns Arrest of Ahmadi Muslim on Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan
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  2. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    The punishment seems too harsh.
    In fact what is blasphemy to one person is not blasphemy to another and vice vera. It seems like it inappropriately punished people of other views
    Additionally is there really due process. Do people die or go to jail on flimsy pretenses.
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  3. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Rival's Wife

    Apr 11, 2005
    God is in the Rain
    I would say blasphemy charges qualify for that.
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  4. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Jul 2, 2004
    Non-Theistic Mysticism
    Life imprisonment or the death penalty for blasphemy. Of course, the good news is Pakistan has nuclear weapons. Nothing like nukes in the hands of fanatics. Indeed, we shouldn't trust nukes in anyone hands, but fanatics?