Native American group: Bryan Fischer's article "not worth dignifying"

Curious to learn how some Native American groups viewed the anti-Native American article penned Tuesday (now here) by the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, I contacted the Native American Rights Fund.  NARF advocates for Native American interests and is described on their website as...the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.In his article, Fischer suggested that Native Am … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer prefers European depravity to the native kind

I don't know where to start, or even if I should, on this op-ed from Bryan Fischer.Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves From the Land (now removed from the AFA website, but archived here.)In all the discussions about the European settlement of the New World, one feature has been conspicuously absent: the role that the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American … [Read more...]

Police arrest suspect in murder of David Kato

According to the BBC, Ugandan police have arrested Enock Nsubuga in connection with the murder of David Kato.Ugandan police have arrested a man over last week's murder of David Kato, a gay activist who sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual.Police say Enock Nsubuga, the second person arrested in connection with the killing, is their main suspect.They deny that Mr Kato was killed because of his sexuality and that initial inquiries point to robbery.It is not a good sign … [Read more...]

Christians offer prayers for Day of Peace in Pakistan

Today (Sunday, 1/30) has been set aside in Pakistan by Christians as a day of fasting and prayer for peace. More from this CP report:The event is a response to plans by Islamic fundamentalists to campaign against any amendment to the Muslim nation’s controversial blasphemy laws, and for the death of convicted Christian mother of five Asia Bibi.However, the Day of Prayer is intended to serve as a peaceful response to the intensifying, and often violent rallies led by radical Islamic groups i … [Read more...]

Situation worsens in Pakistan; security increased for Asia Bibi

The assasination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has made political instability even more likely in Pakistan. Never far from collapse, the current government is facing multiple challenges from ongoing flood cleanup and relief to survivors to threats of violence from emboldened Islamic extremists.New developments include:500 Islamic "scholars" lauded the murder of Salman Taseer and praise his killer.ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The increasing radicalization of Pakistani society was laid ba … [Read more...]

Pakistan crippled by strike over blasphemy laws

To me this says volumes about the difficulty of advocating for human rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pakistan is crippled today by a strike prompted by religious extremists who are threatening the government over potential changes to the nation's blasphemy laws.Friday's strike saw businesses shuttered and transport workers walking out in towns and cities across the country.There was no public transport in the southern city of Karachi, where demonstrators blocked traffic as part of the i … [Read more...]

UK Councillor urges Pakistan’s government to protect Christian minorities and to take action against hate speech

Raza Anjum, Muslim city Councillor from Saffron-Walden in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to meet soon with Pakistan's Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, in order to campaign for the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has been sentenced to death by a lower court for violating Pakistan's laws against blaspheming Muhammad .Bibi is confined at the Sheikhupuira Jail in Punjab, Pakistan. Her appeal against the lower court’s sentence is pending in the Lahore High Court. Speaking t … [Read more...]

Christmas in Pakistan

Pakistan's President Zardari expressed Christmas greetings to the Christian community there sayingI wish to felicitate the Christians across the globe particularly our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.”The president said, “Christmas is a time for festivity, celebration and rejoicing as well as a reminder to all of us of the message of Jesus Christ (May Allah be pleased with him) of love, forgiveness and brotherhood among the people.”“We … [Read more...]