Pakistani Muslim Leaders Defend Blasphemy Laws

A group of totalitarian Muslim scholars in Pakistan held a seminar recently to defend that country’s barbaric blasphemy laws and criticize a new law that would weaken the blasphemy laws to some small degree. Because murdering people in the name of Allah is the thing they love the most.

Islamic religious leaders have attacked the government’s plan to neutralise the much criticised blasphemy laws, and expressed strong support for the release of Mumtaz Qadri, the bodyguard who murdered Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

The speakers included retired Justice Mian Nazir Akhtar, counsel to Mumtaz Qadri, who is jailed for killing Punjab governor Salman Taseer because he referred to the country’s blasphemy law as “black law” in a television show.

Taseer, a Muslim, had gained popularity among Pakistan’s Christian minority for trying to help Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammad.

The judge who sentenced Mumtaz Qadri to death left for Saudi Arabia along with his family after receiving death threats from extremists.

Imagine having to flee to fucking Saudi Arabia to protect yourself from Islamic reactionaries. That’s how bad it is in Pakistan. Not only do these fascist assholes want to kill anyone who “blasphemes” they want to kill anyone who sentences someone for killing someone who even defended someone accused of blasphemy. And here’s why:

“The new bill rejects all sayings by the Holy Prophet. When it comes to the sanctity of the Prophet, the implementation of all manmade laws become different. Those who insult Him have no rights, including no right to live. There is no need for trial or hearings,” added the former judge.

I know I keep returning to the words barbaric and totalitarian, but how else to describe this unconscionable thirst for brutality and oppression?

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  • Alverant

    This really doesn’t surprise me. And here in the US their counterparts like Gogert want to put their opinions above secular law. It’s just a small step from that to blasphemy laws.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “The new bill rejects all sayings by the Holy Prophet. When it comes to the sanctity of the Prophet, the implementation of all manmade laws become different. Those who insult Him have no rights, including no right to live. There is no need for trial or hearings,” added the former judge.

    This can be quickly resolved by pointing out that Mian Nazir Akhtar has commited blasphemy. Very quickly, on account of their being no need for trial or hearings.

  • colnago80

    Re Alverant @ #1

    Who’s Gogert?

  • wreck

    As long as they’re deeply held religious beliefs it’s OK, right?

  • dingojack

    Notice the important difference:

    “The speakers included retired Justice Mian Nazir Akhtar, counsel to Mumtaz Qadri, who is jailed for killing Punjab governor Salman Taseer because he referred to the country’s blasphemy law as “black law” in a television show.”

    And

    “Not only do these fascist assholes want to kill anyone who “blasphemes” they want to kill anyone who sentences someone for killing someone who even defended someone accused of blasphemy.”

    We criticise the arguments of advocates who defend people who’s views we abhor — not threaten to (or in actuality) murder those advocates.

    Dingo

  • busterggi

    This is why Christians in America cannot sleep easilly – their jealousy keeps them awake.

  • maddog1129

    The supposed justification for disallowing depictions of Mohammed is to guard against people turning to the icon as an object of worship. Nothing is to be worshipped but Allah. But these blasphemy advocates sound like fanatical worshipers of both Mohammed and a holy book, not Allah.

  • John Pieret

    Those who insult Him have no rights, including no right to live. There is no need for trial or hearings,” added the former judge.

    Imagine a judge saying that there is no need for a trial … apparently not even to determine if the person actually said or wrote something about the Prophet or whether what was said or wrote was, in fact, an insult. Mob rule at its cruelest and most lawless.

  • Alverant

    #3 you know that representative of Texas who said last week his religious law should take priority over the USSC ruling on equal marriage.

  • garnetstar

    Very seventh-century.

    This isn’t going to get better until secularism, in Sam Harris’ phrase, figures out some way to start kicking in the doors of Islam. And, it had better not take centuries to accomplish, like it did with Christianity.

    However, nothing much comes to mind.

  • abb3w

    Modusoperandi

    This can be quickly resolved by pointing out that Mian Nazir Akhtar has commited blasphemy. Very quickly, on account of their being no need for trial or hearings.

    Hm. The fastest way to turn a conservative libertarian is for them to be arrested. The fastest way to convince fundamentalists of the need for trials is to begin executing fundamentalists without trial on allegation of blasphemy?

  • grumpyoldfart

    Come on. The Christians had the right to kill their enemies for 600 years during the Inquisitions. Now the Muslims want their chance and people are trying to take it away from them. Show a little tolerance.