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October 1st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Explainer: Pakistan's blasphemy laws

By Reza Sayah, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - It has been more than a month since a teenage Christian girl was charged in Pakistan under the country's blasphemy laws . Her accusers say she burned pages from the Quran, Islam's holy book. Amid twists in her case, including changed statements by witnesses, she is facing life in prison.

On Monday, CNN reported that three witnesses whose testimony could absolve the 14-year-old Rimsha Masih have changed their statements, a potential setback for her. She has denied the charges.

The case has drawn the country's complex laws about blasphemy into the spotlight. Here is a primer on those laws.

What are the major stipulations of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, and what exactly do they prohibit?

Pakistan’s blasphemy law makes it a crime to destroy or damage the Quran or to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The following are two sections of the law as they appear in Pakistan’s penal code:

Whoever will fully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran or of an extract therefrom or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable for imprisonment for life.

Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.

When were Pakistan's blasphemy laws adopted? What fueled them?

 According to the public policy think tank Jinnah Institute, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws originated in British colonial laws drafted in 1860 to protect religious beliefs and customs.

In the 1980s, under the rule of hardline Islamist and military dictator Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the laws were amended to include life imprisonment and the death penalty.

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Zia-ul-Haq accused previous governments of leading the country away from the principles of Islam and openly stated his mission to return Pakistan to a conservative Islamist state. Zia-ul-Haq’s reign is widely viewed as the “Islamization” of Pakistan.

Critics say that soon after the blasphemy law was amended under Zia-ul-Haq, many accusers began misusing the law and exploiting Pakistan’s ineffective justice system to settle personal scores and persecute minorities.

The Jinnah Institute says nine cases of blasphemy were reported in Pakistan between 1929 and 1982. Over the past 15 years, the number of cases has reached into the thousands.

What are the big Pakistani blasphemy cases in recent years that got international attention? How were they resolved?

In November 2010, Christian laborer Asia Bibi was sentenced to death after a fellow worker accused her of insulting Islam. The sentence is under appeal, and Bibi is still in jail.

Months after Bibi’s death sentence, provincial Gov. Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti – both moderate Pakistani politicians – were assassinated after public calls to amend the blasphemy laws.

In May 2010, militants attacked two mosques and killed more than 90 worshipers of the Ahmadi sect, minority Muslims often viewed as heretics and blasphemers by hardline Sunnis in Pakistan.

Why have some hardline Islamist groups in Pakistan rejected the call to change the blasphemy law and gone as far as praising the assassination of politicians who pushed for change?

Aasim Sajjad, a political analyst and professor of history at Islamabad's Quaid-i-Azam Univeristy, blames a succession of governments, leaders and institutions that have directly or indirectly either promoted or tolerated a hardline Islamist mindset.

“There are very well-entrenched structures of power that exist in this society,” Sajjad said. “Some of them have to do with how this state and its institutions are set up. Those deeply established structures are part of the answer why this continues to happen.

“What one needs to emphasize is how since its inception, the state has depicted itself as citadel of a particular kind of religious ideology. And what’s well-established is the direction of the state towards a self-proclaimed Islamic state during the late '70s and '80s. I think that was a fundamental turning point," he said.

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“Today, there is a wide cross-section of society that tolerates this, and I think there’s also an environment of fear where they feel that if they do stand up against it, they will be targeted. The primary sentiment is one of ‘keep your head down and don’t get yourself involved, because if you do, then you’re going to be set up to be jailed or killed,' " the professor said.

Is there any chance of meaningful debate or change when it comes to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

“I think it’s going to take a visionary political leadership which is willing to be courageous and take a stand to generate popular support,” Sajjad said.

“But my sense is that the mainstream political forces in this country have the same approach as most everyday Pakistanis, which is just put your head down and don’t take up these issues. Until a popular constituency develops, political will won’t be generated. Until a political will is generated, a popular constituency may not be developed.

“It’s like what came first, the chicken or the egg?”

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (1,048 Responses)
  1. Shami of Pakistan

    1947
    Birth of Pakistan – Beginning of the Demise of India

    This year marks the first implosion of India as a nation. This year also represents the loss of Indian conscience following the massacre of over 3 million innocent Muslim civilians, women and children who were migrating to Pakistan. We shall never forget. We won’t let the world forget. There will be accountability.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Columbus

      What has the bunkum you posted got to do with this article about a 11 year old girl being falsely charged and held in prison?

      August 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      Absolutely nothing, like most fanatics, he is blinded by ignorance and driven by misplaced rage

      August 29, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  2. RK Krishna

    Bizarre child-burying Hindu ceremony in India
    CNN:
    Indian police have charged 80 people for burying children alive in an ancient Hindu ceremony known as "the festival of pits."
    The ceremony, in which children - some less than a year old - are buried alive briefly and then dug up, happened on Monday in southern Tamil Nadu state, The Asian Age reported on Thursday.

    Every two years, parents who have vowed to bury their first-born if they are blessed with a child, take part in the Kuzhimattru Thiru Vizha ceremony.
    The children are drugged to make them unconscious and placed in shallow "graves" in temple courtyards.
    The pits are covered with leaves and dirt and the children are pulled out after Hindu priests chant a brief prayer - lasting up to a minute.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  3. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Our priceless gifts to the mankind:

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    August 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Mike

      Great post! Shows islam has nothing to offer but terror and oppression.

      BTW: You forgot to mention thye biggest lowlife terrorist of them all: mohammed himself.

      August 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Yes, hindu's, criminals need not to expect any better from truth of Islam, but punishment for their hinduism, criminality in equal term's, watch out hindu's, criminals, La, truth of Islam is on the move. time to eliminate hinduism, mafia ism to have peace, Islam among humanity.

      August 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • RK Krishna

      Hey Osama used to phuck Sonia Gandhi in her bungalow in delhi

      August 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      his grand son, hindu ghandi was following hindu filthy tradition of boy abuse like hindu sanatan filthy goon man god Plato and many others such as Catholic priest.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      @hinduism,
      Good god, your syntax is atrocious! Do try to articulate your thoughts a little more clearly instead of posting the first disjointed nonsense that comes to mind

      August 29, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  4. Mahatma Gandhi

    My name is Bapu Gandhi and I am a pedophile.They call me gandhi the gando bacha baj

    August 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Jack

      Gandhi, a pedophile? u drunk? cite your sources you tool.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  5. Mirror Mirror on the Wall

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall
    Indian Hindus are the slimiest of them all
    The way you let the Shadows Play
    You'd think my hair was getting Gray.
    What's that, you say? A double chin?
    Nah, that's the way the light comes in.

    Self Denial....is the Hindu play
    Maybe catharsis is another way.

    August 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Do not insult a pig, self centered by comparing it to a hindu ignorant human from hindered gutter land india, animal has no sense to be right or wrong like human, "HIS" desire, A hindu denier of truth in his hindu Judasim, filthy self center ism is more hindu, filthy than a hindu pig, filthy self centered.

      August 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      @Mirror,
      Wait, wasn't Mohammed the guy who wandered off to a cave to fast for 30 days, after which he has 'visions' of angels/god/whatever? Nowadays, you'd think people would be able to understand that his visions were nothing more than hunger induced hallucinations, and that he should rightfully be scorned and dismissed as the arrogant loon he is

      August 29, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  6. 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 tequila, 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, 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 ja.panese 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, atheist muslim lawyer, who jokingly called Sindhu land "Pakistan" literelly means "land of Puking Devils" never imagined his personal joke would become a reality one day. Pakistan a land of Puking Terrorists.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Ganesh the Snouty Pedophile

      Hinduism is a CULT....communal s@x, drugs, medieval and barbaric values, worship every tom DICK and harry. The world has rejected Hinduism and concentrated it in one location so it is easy to get rid of when time comes.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  7. Brocius

    The new flag bearers of al Qaeda, the inspiration behind the Norwegian massacre, and the slaughtering of Sikhs in Wisconsin, USA. Ladies and Gentlemen...I give you the best of Indian culture and hatred towards others....Christians, Muslims, Jews et al.

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    August 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  8. Reality

    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!!

    August 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Reality

      Not from the original Reality.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Reality

      I am Pakistan based Reality. My country sucks and I am jihadi moron, crook, thief and bad bad bad muslim.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Ganesh the Snouty Pedophile

      Hindus are the trash of this world. Take it from a deity !!!!

      August 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • BoJangles

      What was panchali thinking? One brotherly dick was enough for her? LOL

      August 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  9. Sam Yaza

    dear nottolate
    and audience

    is it not to late?

    perhaps knowledge is dead to you the tyrant has eatin' your mind with lies
    at least i will try again

    only a fool cannot use the wisdom he was gifted, only a sheep follows the Shepherd who pick his bones clean. wake from this deception you are under,. do not trade the glory of life for a false promise, you will no more enter heaven then I; if yo do some how manage the feet you will find it is no paradise,. but a hell of everlasting ignorance. were you spend your existence on your knees in worship of a deity that only cares for his own vanity. what you give up is your own will and you turn and make the only true paradise Earth into a hell for that reword; on which you will never truly leave you are stuck here on this realm forever things return to its source and your is the dust; so go and live you foolish life making this world worse for the next generation because there come a time when you will reap what you so,. and the pain you have inflicted will be inflected upon you.

    שָׁלוֹם

    know whose words will you trust; mine the one who gave you the tools to free your self, God's the one who binds you in ignorance

    i only say these thing because i love you just as my followers do i have gave you the hammer that breaks the chains brake them not for your self but for your children son of man

    do not listen to the false promises of your slaver who only wishes you for his own vanity!

    August 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Fine example of a hindu, ignorant, unable to see proof from his own life, without truth absolute, GOD, you will not even be able to be a grain of dust on your own, Try to understand yourself before spewing your hinduism, absurdity about others.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      mohammad rules.

      August 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  10. 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 tequila, 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 HeavenSent, 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 ja.panese 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.

    Mohammad Ali Jinnah, a athiest muslim laweyr during British Raj, who jokingly called Sindhu land "Pakistan" literally means "land of Puke" never imagined his personal joke would become a reality one day, a present day country called Pakistan.

    August 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant, word hindu, ignorant was invented to designate hinduism, illegality of hindu's, criminals and no one can beat hindu swamp of hinduism, illegality in his hinduism, ignorance called india..

      August 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  11. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism labeled as Christianity is an off shoot of hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisee's, criminal self centered and promoted with sword by hindu criminal king's and their hindu pagan Magi' fortune teller Prophets to make humanity their gentile, slave, A hinduism, crime against humanity and truth absolute.
    Nazi racist ideology has its roots in hindu, pagan Egypt, ancestral home land of Saxons, meaning tied to or forged with essence, meanings god's, subcontinent never was part of hindu denial of truth absolute but hinduism, racism was imposed by force by hindu's, criminals of Egypt and Persia on nomadic population of subcontinent by declaring themselves to be god's, while native's of Europe were slaughtered to extinction by hindu Gaul's, criminal self centered after they were defeated as hindu, deniers of truth abolute Pharaoh's by the king's of Sudan. Letter X, Hinduism, forgery of word, tied to or forged with. hindu criminal sign of swastika is formed by joining of upright hindu criminal Pharaoh's pyramid and up side down on same axis, invisible pyramid of his hindu pagan Priest, crossing point of both pyramid's creates Swastika above burial chamber of hindu, pagan, self centered Pharaoh. Envisioned by hindu, pagan Zoroaster, preached by hindu, criminal Plato and displayed in Physical form by hindu sanatan, filthy goon Pythagoras. Presence of hinduism, racism is less than 3000 thousand years old in sub continent , not as hindu's, deniers of truth absolute hind, lie of 6000 years in their Hinduism, absurdity. hindu filthy sign of hinduism, pagan ism labeled as Star of David by hindu Jew's, pagan secular s has nothing to do with Israelite but top view of meeting of two hindu, fabricated pyramid to illustrate god hood of two hindu, criminal person's.
    Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism.
    In divine language word hinduism, absurdity called religion does not exist, borne out of hindu Judaism, filthy secularism defiance of truth absolute of Persia and Egyptian hindu pagan origin , hindu Jew's criminal secular s pretending to be Hebrew, but Theen Allah, way of truth absolute, source for peace, Shalom among humanity, Quran quantifies it and Hidat explains the La, limit's absolute to reach peace Islam in life. hinduism, corruption of truth absolute labeled a bible has nothing to do with truth absolute but justification of hindu Mithra ism, filthy savior ism, foundation of hindu filthy hinduism,. racism.
    World can never have peace in presence of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, humanity need to work together for elimination of hindu's, criminals and their hinduism, illegality.

    August 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      get your own ID you filthy skunk.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  12. HeavenSent

    Today I picked up a copy of Quran and went to relieve myself from upset stomach. Although nothing noteworthy in to, but it was an interesting read. I extended my hand to grab a paper but there were non. No one but Quran came to rescue and I made a good use of it. I ask Jesus for forgiveness for desecrating Quran, if he really cares.

    August 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      true mind set of a hindu, ignorant, borne in hind, filth of hinduism, ignorance living in hind, filth of hinduism, illegality, to be finished in hind, gutter of hind, hell.

      August 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      dude seriously your bigotry mad absolutely no sense that time
      so i leave you with
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKn7-xXyLpY&w=640&h=360]

      August 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Sorry guy, I love, submit to truth absolute, unlike you hind, absurd, me to be a hindu, bigoted, hindu Jew, filthy self centered.

      August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • BoJangles

      Why didn't you rub your @ss on your mother's face? Would have been more softer. But then again you are probably used to skinny gandhi shoving it up your behind.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      what is good for a hindu ignorant in his hindu Judaism, filthy secularism, it may be good for his own kind, pig, secular, but not for a human.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  13. krm1007 ©™

    It is no secret that Pakistan was hiding OSAMA BIN LADEN and dozens of high profile al qarda cronies who sought inspiration from Hamaz including the branding of their group by adopting the moon crescent, a traditionally Muslim symbol and representation of Prophet Muhammed, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the massacres in Iraq with chemical weapons, and looting orchestrated by Saddam, Gadaffi, and now Assad was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Middle Eastern muslims and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world.

    I believe in objective journalism, and I take no sides of any religion when I write.

    August 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Reality

      @krm1007....I am a fan of yours and have been following your comments on this forum for years. Your objectivity is unsurpassed and your intelligence is unmatched. Please continue to enlighten us with your comments. Obviously we can see through the comments that others post under your name.....this being one of them. We understand that intellectual frustration and lack of ability to respond to your comments cause people to resort to this mode. May God Bless You....In the Name of Our Lord.

      August 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • krm1007 ©™

      Thank you thank you sir Reality!

      let me say again:
      It is no secret that Pakistan was hiding OSAMA BIN LADEN and dozens of high profile al qarda cronies who sought inspiration from Hamaz including the branding of their group by adopting the moon crescent, a traditionally Muslim symbol and representation of Prophet Muhammed, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the massacres in Iraq with chemical weapons, and looting orchestrated by Saddam, Gadaffi, and now Assad was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Middle Eastern muslims and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  14. Reality

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Islam and Hinduism:

    • 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. "

    August 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  15. behaviorquest

    Islam still the greatest danger in the world today. They arrest 11 year olds, they are backward people who deserve our and the world's scorn.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

      What really pleasantly surprised me was what I witnessed in the Middle East. A tolerant and progressive Islamic society that has come so far in a few years. Most importantly providing job and economic opportunities to all, Hindus/Indians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Europeans, Americans, Africans, South Americans, Chinese, and Russians etc. Never have I witnessed such openness and equal opportunities unless you go back to the times of Muslim rule in India and Spain. My conclusion is that the Muslims get it. They are striving to once again take their leadership role in the world order and take this civilization to its next level of excellence.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  16. Steve

    Imagine how free the world would be if every holy book was burned and erased from the internet.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  17. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Nazi racist ideology has its roots in hindu, pagan Egypt, ancestral home land of Saxons, meaning tied to or forged with essence, meanings god's, subcontinent never was part of hindu denial of truth absolute but hinduism, racism was imposed by force by hindu's, criminals of Egypt and Persia on nomadic population of subcontinent by declaring themselves to be god's, while native's of Europe were slaughtered to extinction by hindu Gaul's, criminal self centered after they were defeated as hindu, deniers of truth abolute Pharaoh's by the king's of Sudan. Letter X, Hinduism, forgery of word, tied to or forged with. hindu criminal sign of swastika is formed by joining of upright hindu criminal Pharaoh's pyramid and up side down on same axis, invisible pyramid of his hindu pagan Priest, crossing point of both pyramid's creates Swastika above burial chamber of hindu, pagan, self centered Pharaoh. Envisioned by hindu, pagan Zoroaster, preached by hindu, criminal Plato and displayed in Physical form by hindu sanatan, filthy goon Pythagoras. Presence of hinduism, racism is less than 3000 thousand years old in sub continent , not as hindu's, deniers of truth absolute hind, lie of 6000 years in their Hinduism, absurdity. hindu filthy sign of hinduism, pagan ism labeled as Star of David by hindu Jew's, pagan secular s has nothing to do with Israelite but top view of meeting of two hindu, fabricated pyramid to illustrate god hood of two hindu, criminal person's.
    Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism.
    In divine language word hinduism, absurdity called religion does not exist, borne out of hindu Judaism, filthy secularism defiance of truth absolute of Persia and Egyptian hindu pagan origin , hindu Jew's criminal secular s pretending to be Hebrew, but Theen Allah, way of truth absolute, source for peace, Shalom among humanity, Quran quantifies it and Hidat explains the La, limit's absolute to reach peace Islam in life. hinduism, corruption of truth absolute labeled a bible has nothing to do with truth absolute but justification of hindu Mithra ism, filthy savior ism, foundation of hindu filthy hinduism,. racism.
    World can never have peace in presence of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, humanity need to work together for elimination of hindu's, criminals and their hinduism, illegality.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

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

      Amen

      August 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      0nly in hindu soul filthy desire of a person of hind, hell, spewing his hindu soul, filthy desire to make a point, hindu, ignorant has no knowledge of.

      August 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  19. Reality

    INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

    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. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Illusion

      I have read a lot lately about Gandhi being a pedophile. Wow, he certainly had skeletons in the closet. In America that is a crime....banging underage boys.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Nonsense, it is a civilization in it's own right, up there w/ Western, Eastern Orthodox, Chinese, & Islamic

      The problem w/ you Muslims is that despite a thousand years of invading, killing, subjugating Indians,
      their civilization continues to thrive and resist.

      Indian civilization is both a barrier and a rebuke to Islamic claims to World Supremacy.

      Meanwhile as for the Islamic World, signs of trouble have been brewing for the last 200-300 years.

      As a civilization t's been stagnant for the last 600 years. Arab Spring ? Only a symptom of rot & decay
      not of revival. Bad news to follow for the arab/islamic world

      August 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Njunaid

      Its better to stay quite and let people doubt about one's intelectual level then to speak up and remove all doubts about the ones looks being betrayed by the spoken words..

      August 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Reality

      Said comments were not from the original Reality.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

      I agree with you. I have been to India and it is one of the most dirtiest nation in this world. People are absolutely untrustworthy and will stab you in the back the first opportunity they get.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  20. Reality

    It is common knowledge that some of India’s nukes were hijacked during the recent massive power blackout in the country by the extremists. It is also a matter of great concern that the safety of India’s nuclear installations is questionable as identified by its nuclear audit agency CAG. This poses a grave danger to India’s population and its neighbors. Let us keep in perspective that over 3 (Three) Billion people live within the region close to more than half the world’s population !!!

    August 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Citations please. We want news not silly rumors.

      As for actual/factual news about nukes being hijacked, it was an armed assault of a Pakistani base that was in the recent news.

      I'd say that all the anti-Indian commentators are merely projecting their own concerns and insecurities onto India.

      Psychologists call that "Projection"

      August 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Reality

      Comments were not made by the original Reality.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • truth be told

      It doesn't mater all atheist statements are lies.

      August 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Khanzada

      @moose,... here is a citation for ya....gandhi was a pedophile...THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Call me if you need more.
      1800gandoganesh

      August 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
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