Petition Targets Blasphemy Law

The Star Phoenix has this article regarding a petition requesting that Canada pressure Pakistan to eliminate its Blasphemy Law.  One problem with this is that Canada still has a Blasphemy Law, so it might be asked why is it ok for Canada but not for Pakistan.

A Saskatoon man who recently fled his native Pakistan has collected hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for an end to the Islamic republic’s controversial blasphemy laws.

The laws allow sentences of life in prison for defiling a copy of the Qur’an and the death penalty for anyone who, “by any imputation, innuendo or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.” These laws are unjust, but have also been used to persecute Christians and other religious minorities, said petition organizer Imtiaz Nadeem Bhatti.

“Anybody can accuse anybody. Every day, the abuse is increasing,” said Bhatti.

Hundreds of people have been imprisoned under the blasphemy laws in the past few years. But even those found not guilty are still in danger. Dozens have been killed by fundamentalist mobs after being released. Bhatti’s uncle, Shahbaz Bhatti, served as Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet minister and campaigned against the blasphemy laws before he was assassinated in March.

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One Response to “Petition Targets Blasphemy Law”

  1. […] As pointed out on the Saskatchewan Skeptics website, however, Canadian’s hands aren’t clean in this matter. Our own criminal code still includes the following: Blasphemous Libel […]

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