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Pakistan: Muslim cleric defends blasphemy laws, says they have saved thousands of people from vigilante violence

Pakistan: Muslim cleric defends blasphemy laws, says they have saved thousands of people from vigilante violence

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
08/02/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

“Because of the blasphemy laws, thousands of people have been saved. If the law weren’t there, I tell you, it’s possible that I speak blasphemy you’ll kill me, or if you do it I’ll kill you.”

The concept of the freedom of speech, or tolerating peacefully people with differing views and values, doesn’t even come close to entering this line of thought. Islam’s supremacy is taken for granted. This is the direction in which the West is headed.

“If religious freedom’s a process, why not name the elephant in the room?,” by John L. Allen Jr., , February 6, 2019:

ROME – One way to measure the real nature of struggles over religious freedom in the Islamic world is by the kind of person who would show up in the United Arab Emirates over the last three days, joining Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt for a massive interreligious paean to peace, love and tolerance.

There were more than 700 religious leaders on hand, and Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, a well-known Muslim cleric from Pakistan, is a good example of the kind of crowd the event drew.

Ashrafi is known as a “liberal” cleric in his native country, the kind of religious leader who condemns extremism and stands for tolerance and acceptance and who’s been awarded a presidential honor for the defense of peace and human rights. So real are those commitments that there was recently a push in the Pakistan Ulema Council, the main body of Islamic clerics in the country, to expel him and replace him with someone more traditional.