Pakistan’s prime minister pledged Thursday to review laws that may be sharpening tension among the country’s religious communities, days after a Muslim mob burned houses in rioting that killed eight Christians.
The killings Saturday in the eastern city of Gojra came amid concerns that rising extremist Islam has deepened the vulnerability of Pakistan’s minorities.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s announcement suggested that the government may seek to change Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which can carry the death penalty for those convicted of insulting Islam, the prophet Muhammad or the Koran.
They really should do it… although I doubt they will. This is just a way to distract criticism now…
The Turk President of OIC has condemned the Malatya killings, another killings based on Christianophobia, although this time on Turkey:
According to Ihsanoglu, who is himself a Turk, the “savage murders” in Malatya, even if they are “an internal question” for Turkey, he felt obliges to intervene given that “the authors of the murders linked them to Islam”. Islam affirms a statement released by the secretary on behalf of the 57 countries who comprise the Organization, “is a religion of peace, tolerance and coexistence – above all between members of Islam, Christianity and Judaism – which forbids the gratuitous murder of human beings”. Moreover the OIC will continue in its efforts to “promote a culture of diversity and to help support a politics of peace, dialogue, modernization and tolerance”.
I don’t trust this guy at all:
Ihsanoglu warned against using freedom of expression to offend Islam
Hmm… not at all:
In 2007, the Secretary General of the OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a “moderate” Muslim from Turkey, used the “International Day of Tolerance” to assert that freedom of speech is defiling Islam. He stated, “[M]uslims around the world are the first victims of intolerance. They are facing a campaign of hatred and prejudice, what is otherwise known as Islamophobia. This growing trend of Islamophobia has subjected them to discrimination including religious profiling and stereotyping. The right to freedom of speech is being used to defile the sacred symbols of Islam.”
He continued, “[I]t is high time that the international community considers enacting legal measures against defamation of religions and religious beliefs. I would urge the Alliance of Civilizations and the Human Rights Council to take pro-active action in this regard.”
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (“IHEU”) warned that UN approval of a law combating defamation of religions would have grave implications for the freedom to criticize a religion or its practices. It explained that countries will have broad latitude in how they penalize the disrespect of religion because OIC’s resolution did not define what constitutes “defamation.” Further, the resolution failed to distinguish between defamation of religion and incitement to racial and religious violence.
But the mistreatment of Christians has been so grave here, that he should say something. Only I don’t really believe that coming from someone who supports the punishment of the defamation of religions is really able to critizise violence, specially when precisely the root cause of the violence and mistreatment of Christians and other minorities is the so-called “Blasphemy Law”.
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