Here is an update on the blasphemy case.
The Christian girl was released on bail after 1,000,000 rupees was paid by an advocacy group, the All Pakistan Minorities Association. Bail was granted after a Muslim cleric was accused of and arrested for fabricating the evidence against the girl. It is the first time anyone has been released on bail in Pakistan after being charged with blasphemy. The charges against the girl have not been dropped.
After she was released, she was escorted by armed guards in an armoured vehicle to a military helicopter and flown to an undisclosed location. Such measures were deemed necessary because, since 1990, 52 people have been killed extra-judicially
after being implicated in blasphemy charges. Two politicians were also assassinated last year—one for daring to suggest that the blasphemy laws should be reformed, the other for expressing support for an accused blasphemer.
In this report
, the Pakistani President is quoted as saying, “Blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned…” Nonsense. Imprisoning or killing someone for pointing out your God is imaginary is what shouldn’t be condoned.
In the same report, an imam is quoted as saying, “If Christians complain that they are discriminated against, those complaints should be looked into, but at the same time, the followers of other religions must also respect Islam the way we respect other religions.” The self-righteous hypocrisy of some religious believers really disgusts me. Here you have an imam demanding respect for Islam while another imam falsely accuses an 11-year-old girl of blasphemy in an attempt to rid the community of Christians and his followers threaten to burn her house and kill her family. A few years ago, Muslims around the world were loudly proclaiming Islam as a religion of peace while simultaneously killing people because someone drew a cartoon of Muhammad.
Christians are no better. They constantly make self-righteous claims about following the teachings of Jesus while displaying intolerance and bigotry towards gays and atheists; threatening anyone who complains about the teaching of creationism or the display of Ten Commandments and prayer banners in public schools; or sexually abusing young children and covering it up.