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    Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan

    Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan
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    LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a Christian mother of five for blasphemy, the first such conviction of a woman and sparking protests from rights groups Thursday.

    Asia Bibi, 45, was sentenced Monday by a local court in Nankana district in Pakistan's central province Punjab, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) west of the country's cultural capital of Lahore.

    Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but the case spotlights the Muslim country's controversial laws on the subject which rights activists say encourages Islamist extremism in a nation wracked by Taliban attacks.

    Bibi's case dates back to June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields. But a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl.

    A few days later the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Asia made made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. The cleric went to local police, who opened an investigation.

    She was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death penalty.

    Sentencing her to hang, Judge Naveed Iqbal "totally ruled out" any chance that Asia was falsely implicated and said there were "no mitigating circumstances", according to a copy of the verdict seen by AFP.

    Husband Ashiq Masih, 51, told AFP that he would appeal her death sentence, which needs to be upheld by the Lahore high court, the highest court in Punjab, before it can be carried out.

    "The case is baseless and we will file an appeal," he said.

    The couple have two sons and three daughters.

    Rights activists and minority pressure groups said it was the first time that a woman had been sentenced to hang in Pakistan for blasphemy, although a Muslim couple were jailed for life last year.

    Human rights activists want the controversial legislation repealed, saying it is exploited for personal enmity and encourages Islamist extremism.

    "The blasphemy law is absolutely obscene and it needs to be repealed in totality," Human Rights Watch spokesman Ali Dayan Hasan told AFP.

    "It is primarily used against vulnerable groups that face social and political discrimination. Heading that category are religious minorities and heterodox Muslim sects," he said.

    Around three percent of Pakistan's population of 167 million is estimated to be non-Muslim.

    Last July, two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous pamphlet critical of the Prophet Mohammed were shot dead outside a court in Punjab.

    Pastor Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and his brother Sajjad, were killed as they left a court hearing in Faisalabad city, where hundreds of Muslim protesters had demanded they be sentenced to death.
    Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan - Yahoo! News

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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    Islam is such a peaceful religion. What benefit it brings the world.

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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    Pretty harsh treatment for being critical of a Prophet. Where is the love and tolerance?
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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    The supporters of Sharia Law should be along anytime now.
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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

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    The supporters of Sharia Law should be along anytime now.
    Real classy there American. Sorry was this the part where Honour was restored? Not sure when that's gonna be exactly.

    Do I support this? **** No.

    If it were up to me, judges that hand down sentences like this would be facing the death penalty.

    Do I support Sharia Law? **** No.

    Do I want another thread completely dedicated to Muslim bashing... **** NO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Real classy there American. Sorry was this the part where Honour was restored? Not sure when that's gonna be exactly.

    Do I support this? **** No.

    If it were up to me, judges that hand down sentences like this would be facing the death penalty.

    Do I support Sharia Law? **** No.

    Do I want another thread completely dedicated to Muslim bashing... **** NO!
    Why not be critical of this sort of barbaric behavior, JetBoogieMan, and publicize it for all the world to see?

    This incredibly inhumane behavior must be publicized, and done on a regular basis, if any changes are going to be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Why not be critical of this sort of barbaric behavior, JetBoogieMan, and publicize it for all the world to see?

    This incredibly inhumane behavior must be publicized, and done on a regular basis, if any changes are going to be made.
    I was replying to Americans post, which is basically if I come in and say, that you shouldn't paint all muslims with the same Brush, I'm accused of "Supporting Sharia Law and perhaps later on terrorism".

    I think what has happened here is barbaric.

    But if you're gonna turn this thread into another Muslim bashing episode, I want no part in it.

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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Real classy there American. Sorry was this the part where Honour was restored? Not sure when that's gonna be exactly.

    Do I support this? **** No.

    If it were up to me, judges that hand down sentences like this would be facing the death penalty.

    Do I support Sharia Law? **** No.

    Do I want another thread completely dedicated to Muslim bashing... **** NO!
    I understand your desire to be a voice of reason in this. I honestly do. Emotional clashes among religions is historically ugly.

    But this notion that many try to put forth that the radical portion of Islam is a small segment simply isn't true (not that you are). That segment is about 1/4 of the religion and it dominates the actions, and in this case court system, of not only that faith, but many of the countries it resides within.

    To many Christians, this is the result of worshiping false gods. But even in the secular world, it is undeniable the good works of the Christian faith in the world today, as compared to the militaristic intimidiation of, and the inferiority of, the Islamic faith. I look for good in Islam, and I simply don't see it.
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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    This saddens me deeply. As a Christian I think it's our responsibility for those apart of the Family of God to pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer intense persecution around the world. Stuff like this angers me greatly.
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    Re: Bad Time To Be A Christian

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I was replying to Americans post, which is basically if I come in and say, that you shouldn't paint all muslims with the same Brush, I'm accused of "Supporting Sharia Law and perhaps later on terrorism".

    I think what has happened here is barbaric.

    But if you're gonna turn this thread into another Muslim bashing episode, I want no part in it.
    Muslims should stand up and speak out against this barbarity and not call it "Muslim bashing" unless it is an accepted part of their religion.

    If it accepted they should be "bashed". If it is not let's have an airing.

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