Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: “Protesters oppose pardon for Pakistani Christian,” from AP, November 24:
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Around 250 hard-line Muslims staged a demonstration in the central Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, warning the president not to pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting Islam.
They also denounced any attempt to change Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which critics say is often misused to persecute Christians like Asia Bibi and other minorities. Her case has prompted outrage from human rights groups and a personal appeal from Pope Benedict XVI for her release.
But hard-line Islamic groups in Pakistan have pushed back and some have even threatened officials in the past who suggested reforming or repealing the blasphemy law. These groups have significant power since politicians from the major parties rely on them for votes.
“We are ready to sacrifice our life for the Prophet Muhammad,” chanted protesters in Lahore — many of whom were students from Islamic seminaries in the city.
The rally was organized by the Movement for Protection of the Prophet’s Honor, a group of hard-line Sunni Muslims that was formed in 2001 to oppose changes in the blasphemy law….