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September 7th, 2012
05:39 AM ET

Judge in Pakistan grants bail to Christian girl accused of blasphemy

By Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - A Pakistani judge on Friday granted bail to Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl detained over accusations she burned pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the volatile country.

The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, which represents religious minorities in the country, will pay the sum of roughly $10,000 to secure Rimsha's release from jail, said Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of her lawyers and a leading member of the alliance.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Pakistan • Quran

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Mohammad A Dar

    To learn causes of mayhem among humanity please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

    September 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  3. Reality

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion in less than a minute: – tis amazing how easy this is.

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    September 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  4. An Interview with a Dead Terrorist

    So Achmed, what exactly happened to you?
    ACHMED "Well, I was getting gasoline and I answered my cell phone. Can you here me now? [kabooom]
    "At first I thought it was because I went over my minutes."

    "That's too bad."
    ACHMED "It's okay, I took that Verizon bast.ard with me."

    "So um, what's it like to die? Do you see a white light?"
    ACHMED "If you're dumb enough to watch the explosion, yes."

    "No, I mean some people say they see a white light. What did you see?"
    ACHMED "I saw flying car parts."

    What as the last thing that went though your mind?
    ACHMED "My a.ss."

    September 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  5. Jake-413451

    Sometiems I wonder if the religious are tired of losing debates and have decided to act like lunatics in the hopes comments will be shut down on the site.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  6. HeavenSent

    Mohammad is burning in hell right now for not following Jesus' truth. I haven't been out side of Mecca for three years. It smells here. Satan Mohammad is expert at spreading lies to make you follow his lies about God. Read the bible and be saved from hell.

    Amen.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  7. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Good new's, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go to learn cause of incident's like this.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  8. tuvia

    מלחמה בלתי נגמרת

    September 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      why not bring peace, why keep fighting your brothers

      September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go to learn cause of incident's like this.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • no gods

      Saladandchips.com

      September 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      http://www.betty bowers.com

      September 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  9. NO INDIANS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD PLEASE

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!!

    September 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Johnny On The Spot

      send all Paki muslims to Kali.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  10. Reality

    AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
    Some added references to "tink-erbells".

    newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

    For added information see the review at:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

    September 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  11. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Word Pak is based on Latin word Puki, Pe or Pa, Te, or Ta, meaning from stomach and throat base word for Sick in English, Upchuck, blowing chunks or spewing, meaning, worshiping at the porcelain thrown or a sweaty, infection of puke absolute, such as flu, or Food poisoning, in disregard diarrhea or Montezuma’s revenge, One who takes a s.h.i.t to be in violation of his body without his consent, considering himself to be dying, the truth you drank too much turpentine, same as in barfing, denier it doesn’t work, word projectile vomiting is based on Latin word vomi, icky, smelly, horrible, icky, to be in a pool of sick and Hell like Puke, Paki, to be dumber than the fluids leaking from your ravished body to both of them, watery eyes, a noun in missing work, puke in your nose, way of making you even sicker, as in word “ralph”, a self-violating or a mu.slim p.o.r.n.o, otherwise known as a freak, a sadist. Puking is not an accident but a way to clear the crud from your mutilated digestive system, defiance to the Lysol and filthy towels you will use..

    Word Stan is based on Latin word Satan, Se or Sa, Tan, or Ten, meaning land of devils.

    Mohammad Ali Jinnah, a chain smoker, tuberculosis patient, atheist muslim lawyer, who jokingly called Sindhu tribal areas "PAKISTAN" it literally means "land of Puking Devils". He never imagined his personal racist joke on someone would become a reality one day for the country he fathered Pakistan – a land of Puking Devils, Terrorists.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu ignorant from hindered gutter of hinduism, illegality called india, learn fundamentals of language before spewing your hinduism, absurdity, for more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html

      September 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist

      How do you spell your name?

      A – -C – -phleeemmm.

      SILENCE! I KILL YOU!

      September 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  12. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Good new's, please visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html to learn cause of incident's like this.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  13. Achmed The Dead Terrorist

    SILENT I AM ACHMED I KILL YOU.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  14. Positive Development

    Christ saves His chosen people.

    September 7, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Word's of hinduism, ignorance of hindu dark ages, every hindu Mithra savior Pharaoh and his hindu pagan Prophet, fortune teller made same kind of claim's to make humanity their gentile, slaves. Way of hindu's racist to hind, fool humanity, for more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html

      September 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  15. Topher

    How nice of them to grant her bail. Didn't they already discover that she was framed by some official?

    September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Topher

      Yep ... here's the headline from that story ...

      "Muslim Cleric Framed Christian Girl in Pakistan's Blasphemy Case, Police Say"

      September 7, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Topher

      " How nice of them to grant her bail. "

      I agree... my thoughts exactly, however I think my version was more R rated and dripping with (sarcasm).

      These crazy f ucks !

      Peace...

      Didn't they already discover that she was framed by some official?

      September 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  16. tuvia

    ---Cairo speech

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=360]

    September 7, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • old ben

      wow – what a complete nutcase. I've made a voodoo doll of the red cow just in case. lol

      September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  17. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Will the Pakistani Government protect this girl once they release her?

    September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  18. hogwash Dao

    REPUBICONs would also like to have a blsphmy law on the book in the US if they control the 3 gov branches

    September 7, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That's an interesting thought. Republicans have tried to pass some strange things into law over the years. The flag burning amendment comes to mind. What have they tried to pass regarding the Bible?

      September 7, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  19. Francis C

    It is now time to focus on India.

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

    September 7, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Mike from CT

      Oct 29? What year?

      September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • William Demuth

      Way cool.

      If we can just get them to nuke Pakistan, we may FINALLY see some progress.

      We were within days, and Clinton got involved and messed the whole thing up.

      After Mumbai I thought they were gonna start planting mushrooms, but once again they hesitated.

      Luckily, I am stiff confident that if they are pushed to hard, the Hindu's in India might well yet turn Pakistan into a giant piece of glowing green glass.

      Good shootin Boys!

      September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  20. Reality

    Only for my sisters and brothers of Islam who have not availed themselves of these steps:

    A safe and easy solution:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    September 7, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Robert

      Selfish, self centered fool alert.

      September 7, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Mike from CT

      Robert, nice post.

      September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Anon

      Robert and Mike are still two brainwashed religiotards.

      September 7, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Kathleen

      Name calling from the atheist camp as they are still tweaking the numerous flaws of their story of evolution.

      September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Kathleen..what flaws.. and as far as can see any attempt to "prove" creationism involves nothing but claiming evolution is wrong..no scientific evidence of creationism is ever presented but then of course there is none. Plus are you not aware that even the Pope.. so all Catholics have to as well, understand that evolution is real.. so its not just atheists...I think you are confusing evolution with Abiogenesis...

      September 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, ignorance of a hindu, ignorant, to learn more about hinduism absurdity of hindu's pagans please visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html

      September 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Please prove Origin of Species.

      Design requires a Designer.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Also please prove scientifically that unless you can prove something scientifically it can not be valid... good luck

      September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Mike

      Who says life is designed?

      September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Mike

      Are you a poe?

      September 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Mike ..There is all types of evidence available and can be verified that proves Evolution is true.. Your designer was not that good..made lots of flaws that can be explained with the evolutionary model. Your designer has produced many flawed humans but we see no new models "suddenly appearing" with those flaws removed.. Science seeks to understand the world, and is the best tool we have for that.
      And who designed your designer Mike??? another designer?? and how would you know that was "God" would you accept it could be an other alien race?

      September 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      To learn causes of mayhem among humanity please visit video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

      September 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      evolve you did nothing to explain Origin of the Species,

      No one designs God, hence the title,
      At this point I would not accept another alien race as there is not historical evidence as such to the quality of the historical evidence for the four gospels.

      Hue, look into what happens to a babies lungs at birth, your circulatory system.

      September 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
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