Two more Christians have been accused of blasphemy in Pakistan on the basis of some very phony-sounding evidence.

They're supposed to have burned some pages of the Q'ran, which were found outside their house along with "a statement, clearly identifying them as the ones desecrating the Holy Quran, with their postal address written over it." Obviously a highly sophisticated attempt to incriminate them.

I'm reading mixed newspaper reports about this - some say the two men were arrested (e.g. here- "Farrukh Mushtaq Gill and his father Mushtaq Gill, have been arrested for Blasphemy friday evening from their residence in Gujaranwala. Farrukh is being charged with burning a Quran."), while a story published a day later doesn't mention any arrest - it says they were taken into protective police custody to avert a riot:

"... police took two Christian men, a church elder among them, into protective custody after some elements tried to spark violence by falsely accusing them of desecrating the Holy Quran and committing blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in Gujranwala.

The ugly incident took place just after Friday prayers in the Azizabad Colony when some elements tried to incite a mob attack on the residence of Farrukh Mushtaq Gill and his father Mushtaq Gill by making announcements on mosque loudspeakers.

Activists of some religious outfits, led by several clerics, encircled Gill’s house and tried to burn it down. Phillip Dutt, a local pastor, said that several hundred Christian families living in Azizabad and nearby Gulzar Colony fled their homes over fears of extremist violence, adding that his own family had moved to avoid any untoward incident."

(Emphasis added by me as I'm struck by how often riots seem to follow immediately from Friday prayers. So much for claims that Islam's a Religion of Peace.)

 

In a related story, a resolution has been introduced in the US Congress, asking the goverment "to lead an international effort to repeal blasphemy laws in countries like Pakistan where two high-profile politicians were assassinated this year for opposing the controversial statute. Introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe, the Senate resolution listed out a series of incidents related to the blasphemy laws in the Muslim world, including Pakistan."

 

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In a related story, a resolution has been introduced in the US Congress, asking the goverment "to lead an international effort to repeal blasphemy laws in countries like Pakistan where two high-profile politicians were assassinated this year for opposing the controversial statute. Introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe, the Senate resolution listed out a series of incidents related to the blasphemy laws in the Muslim world, including Pakistan."

 

What I want to know is how he feels about repealing the blasphemy laws in Christian countries, like Ireland.

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