Blasphemy Laws – Pakistan Style…

“If we, as a society, want someone dead because of some words they said then we should: A. Be very clear on what those words are – (and) – B. Ensure that a person who has not actually said those words does not receive any punishment…

“We already agree that there exists a combination of words that, if said in a right sequence, makes you deserve death. From our presidents to lawmakers to scientists to accountants – people from all walks of life agree that such a combination exists. We have coded it into law. Not only we have coded it into law, we have killed people who have even talked about changing that law… This is the kind of issue that people are obviously ready to kill, die and break all laws for” (*).

The above quotes are taken from “digital editor” Waqas Ahmed’s article “The need for a stronger blasphemy law” posted by the Daily Pakistan Global website on April 14th, 2017.

The author goes to great lengths to explore the pros and cons of various aspects of the subject. For example, he expresses the belief that persons making false accusations of blasphemy are themselves the blasphemers, and should be punished accordingly. And, he is greatly concerned at the loss of life caused by false accusations, and by the failure to have a proper definition by which alleged acts of blasphemy can be judged.

As he puts it: “Those who oppose blasphemy law and want to abolish or amend it because they believe no person should be put to death just for saying something will not succeed in Pakistan of the current year. Not only will they not succeed they will complicate matters further. At this point we should be able to understand that the blasphemy law is here to stay for the time being and our priority should be to minimize the loss of life at the hands of vigilante mobs.”

Good grief! And we think we have problems in the West with them now…

Jeff Goodall.

Read “The need for a stronger blasphemy law” here.

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