Blasphemy laws, brainless mobs and atheist bloggers

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad

Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has been formally accused of blasphemy, a “crime” that carries the possibility of a death sentence. So what horrible things about the Prophet Muhammad did she say? Nothing against the Quran or their prophet, she called for reforms to the country’s anti-blasphemy law. Think about that. Calling for greater protection from unjust persecution is considered blasphemy. Not only can you be charged with a crime, you can be downright killed for making such a suggestion as to lift your country out of the dark ages. Two other politicians who suggested reforming the law were assassinated.

Sherry Rehman no longer speaks out against the thought police. For her and everyone like her their tongues have been silenced. We must speak for them. Everyone who prospers from a free society should help those not as fortunate lift themselves out of the prisons of dogmatism, ignorance and fear. Free societies must condemn and demand an end to blasphemy laws. Everyone should be individually responsible for defending the religious beliefs that they carry. No one should be able to hide behind legislation which is bigoted and easily manipulated for political power and personal vendettas.

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In Bangladesh Islamic organizations called for the execution of “atheist bloggers” accused of blasphemy. This led to violent protests and clashes with law enforcement resulting in many injuries and some deaths. Many speculate this rage was manufactured for political reasons by extremist groups and has nothing to do with outspoken heathens. Brainless mobs are easily employed. Alleged anti-Islamic blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was murdered a few days earlier near his home. Obviously there is great hatred for atheists, non-Muslims and even moderate Muslims among militant Islamists. Hate us all you want, we’re not the ones so insecure in our beliefs that we resort to violence in order to defend them. We’re not the ones who cower from dialog, debate and argumentation.

“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.” – Sigmund Freud

-James Kirk Wall

References:
Pakistani man accuses ambassador to U.S. of blasphemy
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-pakistan-usa-idUSBRE91K0KE20130221
Deadly Bangladesh clashes over 'atheist bloggers'
http://tribune.com.pk/story/511088/deadly-bangladesh-clashes-over-atheist-bloggers

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