Somehow these legions of Misunderstanders of Islam didn’t get the memo that Islam is a Religion of Peace and Tolerance. How odd. An update on this story. “Thousands Rally to Uphold Pakistani Blasphemy Laws,” from VOA News, December 24:
Pakistani Islamists are demanding the government leave the country’s laws against blasphemy alone.
Thousands rallied in Karachi and other cities Friday to warn government officials any effort to repeal the laws would have serious consequences.
Several Pakistani lawmakers proposed changing the law after last month’s conviction of a Christian mother of five for blasphemy against Islam.
Asia Bibi is the first woman condemned to die under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. She denies claims by local women that she made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.
Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs Shabaz Bhatti has recommended Bibi be pardoned or released if her pending court appeal is not quickly addressed.
One Pakistani cleric has said if the government fails to go ahead with the hanging, his mosque will offer $6,000 to anyone who kills her.
Convictions under the law are common, but no executions have ever been carried out.
Protest leaders are calling for a nationwide strike if the government tries to heed calls from the West to change the blasphemy law….
If the mainstream narrative about Islam that we are compelled to accept in the West were true, these leaders would be calling for a nationwide strike if Asia Bibi is put to death, not if the blasphemy law is changed.