Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pakistani Christian Minister in Government shot

My brother e-mailed me this:

Pakistani minister shot dead  

Mar 02 - Christian Pakistani Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, who had called for changes to the country's controversial blasphemy law, has been shot dead in Islamabad. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

The definition of "blasphemy" is, of course, extremely loose and applied exclusively to non-Moslems.  It is blasphemy, for example, to state that Christ is the son of God.  Equally blasphemous is stating that Christ is above Mohamed.  What it amounts to is that belonging to another faith is blasphemy.

The mother of four, who is also mentioned in the clip, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in December, was involved in a "village dispute."  I remember reading about what actually happened.  Village women, who knew she was Christian, came and challenged her to confess that Christ was not the Son of God.  Something along these lines. 
She refused to.  The other women became enraged and reported her for blaspheming.  This earned her a death sentence.  And Pakistan is not even run (not officially) by an Islamic oligarchy.  Once in a while stuff gets out, but these stories are just the tiny tip of the iceberg.  We can be assured of that.


Jonathan said...

Christians ought to shake the dust off their sandals and get out. What is this law of Pakistan and their murderous response to it if not a complete rejection of the Gospel by hearts hardened like cold stone?

Brigitte said...

Hi Jonathan. Get out, that's what Christians did do where they could; but is it feasible? These are the kinds of refugees we should be accepting here.

Steve Martin said...

Not sure if all of them should or could get out, but I think I know what you mean.

This is a very interesting site that chronicles crimes by practioners of Islam: