Asia Bibi: condemned to death

Asia Bibi’s death sentence sparks outrage from Pakistan’s Christians

From EWTN/CNA Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

The Lahore High Court’s rejection last Thursday of Asia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence, passed by a lower court, has dismayed Christians and others in Pakistan.

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Bishop Rufin Anthony of Islamabad-Rawalpindi said Oct. 16 that the decision was “heartbreaking.”

Bibi, a Christian, was convicted under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in 2010. She allegedly made derogatory comments against Muhammad while arguing with a Muslim woman.
She has denied the allegations, and says the case stems from an argument she had with a Muslim woman over a pot of water. During his Nov. 17, 2010 General Audience address, Benedict XVI urged that she be granted “complete freedom … as soon as possible.”

Her lawyers intend to submit her case to Pakistan’s Supreme Court within the allotted 30 days.

The Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), an inter-denominational organization working for persecuted Christians in Pakistan, as assisted and supported her legal defense team.

According to the center, “around 25” mullahs were present at the high court “to apply pressure and push for the sentence … to be upheld.”

Christian lawyers, including Tahir Khalil Sindhu, a provincial minister for minority affairs and human rights, were present to defend Bibi.

“I am very disappointed with today’s result and my thoughts and prayers are with Asia’s family,” Nasir Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK commented.

“It is not surprising that the judges were swayed by pressure from local influential Muslims, but I had hoped that justice would prevail and that the case would be judged based on its merits.”

“While the rest of the world condemns such draconian laws, Pakistan continues to persecute its minorities simply because of their religion. I have to now remain hopeful that the Supreme Court judges will look at the case objectively and allow the final appeal, eventually acquitting Asia.”

A Pakistani youth, who spoke to EWTN News on condition of anonymity, said, “This case is one of the bloodiest cases where also innocent lives of two politicians, Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, who raised their voice against reviewing the blasphemy law were brutally murdered.”

Taseer, a Muslim, and Bhatti, a Catholic, were both assassinated in 2011 for opposing the blasphemy laws under which Bibi has been sentenced.

“Only God would be the judge of their wicked actions and the innocent bloodshed and their cry of the victims will not go in vain,” he said.

Describing the conditions of Christians in Pakistan, he further said that “we are treated (like) third class citizens, and to settle their personal agendas and litigations the accusation of blasphemy is an easy way to settle personal revenge and grudges.”

“It’s frustrating to see a vast influence of fanatic leaders who place the gun in the hands of the poor, instigate them and they die in these hateful battles while the leaders continue to remain safe and live to a ripe old age with pomp and glory.”

He lamented that many groups are “paper tigers,” making statements and appeals but failing to become actively involved in the defense of Pakistan’s minorities.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are said to be often used to settle scores or to persecute minorities.

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ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, William Stark, said, “The case against Asia Bibi is a great example of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding the controversial blasphemy laws. The blasphemy laws were originally written to protect against religious intolerance in Pakistan, but the law has warped into a tool used by extremists and others to settle personal scores and persecute Pakistan’s vulnerable religious minorities. Sadly, the vast majority of blasphemy accusations brought against Christians and others are false. Unfortunately, pressure from Islamic radical groups and general discrimination against Christians in Pakistan has transformed trial courts and now appeals courts into little more than rubber stamps for blasphemy accusations brought against Christians, regardless of the evidence brought to bear in the case.”

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8 Responses to Asia Bibi: condemned to death

  1. Brother Burrito says:

    This is terrible. O God, of your kindness, please help Asia Bibi.

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  2. toadspittle says:

    More disgusting religious insanity. The idea of “blasphemy” being any sort of crime is obscene.
    As we all agree.

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  3. planechant2 says:

    Justice in Pakistan appears to be non-existent, evil fanaticism and political opportunism hold the reins of power. It is not enough just to condemn, for this is ignored, world-wide action should be taken.
    A veto on all sporting activities with Pakistan, particularly international cricket, would be a start. International cricket is very important to Pakistan, and any threat to that would really hurt those in power, politically and socially. Such action could be kick-started by an online petition – I will consider starting one.
    God bless and protect Asia Bibi, and all courageous Christians, and all who suffer under this evil tyranny.

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  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Pakistan Penal Code 295-C:
    “…shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

    I’ve no wish to make light of this travesty, of this barbaric show trial, but the Pakistan Penal Code is a joke, a complete and utter parody, as the italicized words make clear.

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  5. johnhenrycn says:

    You don’t have to be a Christian in the Pakistani Punjab to be killed by Muslims. The list is as long as your armof Christians (non-soldiers) killed outside of war zones specifically for being Christian.

    The Anglosphere has not yet experienced more than a couple (if that) targeted killings of non-Muslims solely on account of alleged blasphemy, but they have intimidated us to the point where no one dares utter a bad word about Muslims and Islam for fear of punishment by our own kind(loosely speaking). Punishment can include gaol, heavy fines, loss of livelihood and professional credentials and shunning. Artists, so-called, create absolutely vile depictions of Christ and Mary, but no politician, law enforcement officer, human rights commissioner or secular media person says a peep, except to utter platitudes about ‘Freedom of Expression’ and artistic licence.

    Now, I support almost completely unfettered free speech, including blasphemy, but what’s sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander, but it isn’t. Remember that hillbilly bible thumper (Pastor Jones) in Florida who threatened to burn the Koran a few years back? Obama, Hillary Clinton and other assorted big shots piled on the bandwagon to condemn him, and would have gladly turned that bandwagon into a tumbrel to cart him off to the guillotine. As it was, he received hundreds of death threats, the bank called in the mortgage on his church, his fire insurance policy was cancelled and his rinky dink website was blocked, all of which had the desired effect, and the poor innocent Koran was saved from desecration.

    Ever hear of Molly Norris, a former cartoonist with the Seattle Times? She created this montage “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” in response to an uproar from the Muslim ‘community’ over a South Park episode featuring said pederast (or pedophile – I forget which). Here’s a photo of Molly. Lovely girl. Let me know if you run into her. Or maybe you’d better not. You see, she’s been in hiding since 2010 when Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al-Qaeda operative and imam, put her on a hitlist. Poor Anwar has since been killed by an aptly named ‘Hellfire’ drone missile; but poor Molly remains on Al-Qaeda’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” list.

    Here in the demented Dominion of Canada, several journalists have been hauled up before ‘Human Rights’ commissions for disparaging Mohammed and/or Islam; and whilst they’ve been begrudgingly exonerated after lenghty and hugely expensive (for them) kangaroo court proceedings, the chill remains in the air when it comes to any negative references to the ‘Religion of Peace’. We’ve been emasculated by our own leaders when it comes to standing up to the barbarians and their sympathizers.

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  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Also on the home front (mine), here’s a story about Valley Park Middle School in Toronto.
    http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2012/03/21/allah-in-the-cafeteria/

    Valley Park is a public (i.e. secular as opposed to faith-based) – elementary school, where the principal decided to let Muslim imams conduct Friday prayer services in the school cafeteria. The photo is instructive of the Muslim faith. The large group kneeling in front of the folded cafeteria tables are Muslim boys. The second (and second-class) group kneeling behind the folded tables are Muslim girls. And the small group sitting at the very back are Muslim girls who are not allowed to participate in the worship service because they are menstruating. I wonder if the imam, or the principal, gets to ask them if they’re having their period?

    I’m told and believe, although I can’t find the provision right now, that the Ontario Education Act forbids anyone from conducting religious services on public (i.e. secular) school property, and no doubt it’s enforced when it comes to Christian clergy. Imams, however, seem to get a special, but unofficial (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), dispensation. This is how twisted things have become, and it’s only going to get worse as the Muslim population grows and the Christian population – thanks to contraception – shrinks.

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  7. kathleen says:

    Thank you very much JH for this fascinating analysis on the dire situation of Christians in the world today! (I hadn’t realised things had got that bad in Canada! 😦 )

    Yes, you are dead right – unless we soon wake up to the threats hanging over us that can only get worse, given the current climate i.e. worsening radicalisation and aggression from Islam, together with the weakness and/or indifference of the West, we shall be permitting a slow and painful suicide of everything we have always treasured: our Christian civilisation.

    Already the Protestant churches are sinking into little more than NOG’s, as is a large part of what Geoff called (on another thread) the “Apostate catholic church” that exists within the One Holy Catholic Church.

    We must wake up and return to our Catholic roots, picking up our daily cross, recognising our sins and weaknesses, obeying (not side-stepping) God’s Divine Law, and LIVING our Faith from its Heart.
    But we should also face up valiantly to the bullying masses of Islamists who are trying to shove their heretical religion down our throats!!

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  8. toadspittle says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11173102/Christian-school-downgraded-for-failing-to-invite-an-imam-to-lead-assembly.html

    JH and Kathleen are right. Look at this piece of bloody nonsense.
    I don’t want any religion stuffed down my throat, myself.
    …Nor does anyone on here, I’m sure.

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