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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?”

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soundoff (1,048 Responses)
  1. Ain't No Boy Young Enough

    Sadly Gandhi
    Among the various charges disclosed in the book: Gandhi not only slept in beds with young women under the age of 18, but also engaged in a long-term, gay affair with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach, for whom India's peace icon at one point left his wife in 1908. he also banged underaged boys two at a time in the name of Krishna As the Wall Street Journal reports:

    August 27, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  2. Amitabh Khanna

    I sincerely apologize on behalf of all Indians for all the filth my fellow countrymen are spewing on this forum. Please forgive. They have better things to do then waste their time on matters that don't pertain to them. India is in the midst of culture clashes, minority discontent, economic malaise, famine, religious extremism, joblessness..and thus the frustration of our people. I hope all of you understand and we beg your forgivenenss.

    August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  3. Kumar

    @Julius – Cow is a holy animal, its urine has healing powers. You can find cow's urine at desi stores in USA with different names, even a soda with cow's urine is also available. All such stuff is available in desi stores because it has healing powers. Hindus are healthier than pakis because they consume cow's urine.
    Cow's urine doesn't smell or taste bad, it is the pride of India. Stinky Pakis will never understand that.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:27 am |
  4. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    muslims will rule the world.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • Reality

      "The Two Universal Sects

      They all err—Moslems, Jews,
      Christians, and Zoroastrians:

      Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

      One, man intelligent without religion,
      The second, religious without intellect. "

      Al-Ma'arri

      "Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (Arabic أبو العلاء المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, full name أبو العلاء أحمد بن عبد الله بن سليمان التنوخي المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sulaimān al-Tanūẖī al-Maʿarrī, born AD 973 / AH 363, died AD 1058 / AH 449)
      was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ

      August 27, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • saganhill

      Never. Not when you treat women and minorities like second class citizens. Both muslims and christians are on their way out. You can see it in the trends even over the past decade. Religion as a whole is dying. And you know what started it? When those idiots flew those planes into those two buildings.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Sheikh Abu Bilhingarani

      Inshallah...Ameen.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Thank you Bilhingarani Did you know?

      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,

      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 then Sindhu land occupied by trible people "Pakistan" literelly means "land of Puking Devils", poor soul never imagined his personal racist joke on some group would become a reality one day country Pakistan he founded. Pakistan is a land of Puking Terrorists.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  5. Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

    Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

    We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum. Damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and limits the mind's potential. These politicians and charlatans didn't even do a good job of organizing and being consistent with the stuff they dreamt up to try to control people. Daddy used to say they were caught with their pants down when the bible was first translated so that common folk could read it. Very true.

    Instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of coffee or tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    August 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  6. Reality

    AND ONCE AGAIN:–>>>>>> (ONLY FOR THE NEW MEMBERS)----------------->>>>>

    THE SAFE AND EASY SOLUTION: (Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..)

    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.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  7. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    hindu's, pagans of hind, dark ages spewing their hinduism, absurdities about truth of Islam, very soon every hindu, criminal will be on the rope by truthful of Islam, have no doubt about it hindu's, criminals, history is about to repeat it self.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • truthordare7

      Why are you against HInduism? Most of the current muslims used to be Hindus before their parents cowered and converted to Islam rather than be killed. So, the indian muslims always have that guilt at the back of their heads. Maybe that is the reason why blasphemy laws are put into effect, so that noone can say the King is naked.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • WOW!

      @truthordare7 did not know muslims were kids of coward Hindu forefathers. Wish they had never surrendered to Islam. Had that happened, the world population would have been one billion less living us with more resources. I hope those cowards are spinning in their graves right now for choosing di-cks in their as-ss over their heads.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Bitter Truth

      the costliest mistake that would hunt the mankind for centuries.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  8. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Help help help someone help Mohammad? he is burning in HELL. Help my Mohammad please for God's sake.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Is Mohammad a believer in the Holy Bible? Jesus said he would give the non-believers reprobate minds. The dog is licking my private parts but I can't reach that far down to stop it. Walk with Jesus in the sunshine of the truth. Those that follow the lies of the Mohammad will burn. It is time for you all muslims to walk hand in hand with your best friend, Jesus Christ and save your soul.

      Amen

      August 27, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  9. Patrick

    @Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Mohammad was born to a W..H..O..R..E! The whole muslim community is B...A...S...T...A...R....D.! JUST NUKE THEM!

    August 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • mzh

      Do you know that majority of Americans are bastered and they do not know who their father is....

      I am not here to spread the hatrade among the mankind... please learn to respect yourself and others as well... this is the only thing will bring peace to the earth...

      Peace!!!

      August 27, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  10. Patrick

    @Tom, Tom, the Other One

    I meant A...N...A....L so i could give mohammad piles!

    August 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Nonbeliever

    F-U-C-K Quran and F-U-C-K Muhammad

    August 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Jewel Of Allah

      Allah, all praise be unto Him, actually has both male and female genitalia (how could it be otherwise?). Ibrahim knew this and was ashamed of Allah, all praise be unto Him, and began the lie that so many believe today that Allah, all praise be unto Him, is somehow male. Nothing of the sort! Self-copulation, practiced by those truly made in the image of Allah, all praise be unto Him, has always been the right and good practice of all who have been faithful to Him from the beginning. All should pray fervently that the sons of Ibrahim should turn away from Ibrahim's lie and self-copulate to the glory of Allah, all praise be unto Him.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Jewel Of Allah

      My teacher told me Allah had male and female coupling. He never needed third person to fvck him. He did to himself.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • mzh

      @Jewel Of Allah
      I assume you are a Christian, did you see the movie passion of the christ where when the actor was put to the cross and he was calling 'Father' and also if you have paid attention he called once 'ilah', the word 'ilah' and Allah are the same, i do not anticipate you would know the arabic language, the word Allah is connection of 2 words 'al ilah' meaning 'the ilah (God)', connecting these 2 words together becomes Allah...
      Alsou would you use the same concept as you have mentioned in your belive? the way you believe that 'the father' 'the son' and 'the holy ghost'... no wonder your believe makes you think that the father has a female companion...
      My humble advise to you is... educate yourself and try to respect others... i do not think you can respect even yourself or your parents or any of them...

      Peace!!!

      August 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  12. !

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler (denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders who killed religious people because of their religious cult!
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most atheists are uneducated... No atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are atheists/agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a † nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!
    (Take a look at our federal/state holidays, 99% of our presidents, blue laws in parts of the nation, name of some cities/counties/streets, the majority of people, some laws, calendar, culture, etc.)
    http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7

    ■There is only one God and it is to Him that you pray. All others pray to false gods and idols. Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist are all lost unless they know Jesus as their Lord & Savior.■

    August 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You suck dead priests and your mother fvcks donkeys.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Oh look it's @Evangelical Christian at it again.

      Go back under your bridge little troll.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • nope

      @goper
      nope.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Reality

      http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html

      Religion………………………… Adherents

      Christianity ……………………..2.1 billion

      Islam…………………………… 1.5 billion

      Irreligious/agnostic/atheism…… 1.1 billion (and expanding)

      Hinduism 900 million
      Chinese traditional religion 394 million
      Buddhism 376 million
      Animist religions 300 million
      African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
      Sikhism 23 million
      Juche 19 million
      Spiritism 15 million
      Judaism…………………………………….. 14 million
      Baha'i 7 million
      Jainism 4.2 million
      Shinto 4 million
      Cao Dai 4 million
      Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
      Tenrikyo 2 million
      Neo-Paganism 1 million
      Unitarian Universalism 800,000
      Rastafari Movement 600,000

      August 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Many races believe that the creation of the Universe involved some sort of God, though the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle VI believe that the entire Universe was in fact sneezed out of the nose of a being known as the Great Green Arkleseizure. The Jatravartids live in perpetual fear of the time they call the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      This grade-school-level attempt by HS (!) to describe what atheists is rubbish. The statements and generalizations are without foundation. Do your own research.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • !!

      Atheism is a religion that makes you stupid, ignorant & blind. -LIE
      Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated. -LIE
      Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists) -LIE
      Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle. -LIE
      Atheists causes problem in our religious society. -LIE
      Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith. -LIE
      Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise. -LIE
      Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders. -LIE
      No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider' -LIE
      Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime. -LIE
      Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet. -LIE
      Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people. -LIE
      Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved. -LIE
      Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency. -LIE
      Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history. -LIE
      Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists. -LIE
      All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals. -LIE
      The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20) -LIE
      Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism! -LIE

      It just goes to show that Christians can’t even follow one of the basic Ten Commandments by posting all these lies. What a hypocrite

      August 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • 900rr

      you need professional help...

      August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  13. Patrick

    @I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV AND @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    YOU MUSLIMS ARE SO PATHETIC! I WISH I COULD F....C...U....K MOHAMMAD!

    August 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      FUCK you, Patrick.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      ALHSKNLA!!!! DOOINSAGMM~

      SO THERE!!

      August 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~

      August 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • mzh

      It only changes what is good for mankind... and what The Almighty wishes to accept...

      August 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Patrick

    IRRELEVANT POSTS HERE BY SOME STUPID MUSLIMS! I PITY THEM!

    August 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Patrick,

      is your "Caps Lock" key stuck in the on position?

      Do you need a new keyboard?

      August 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      He needs a new brain!

      August 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      We muslims (for example Pakistan) are not stupids as many of you think. Our forefathers where non-muslims, so we have your bloods running in our vein. So calling us stupids is almost like calling yourself stupids.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  16. Patrick

    TO WIPE PAKISTAN AND THE MUSLIM WORLD OF THE FACE OF EARTH IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE PEACE! NUKE THEM!

    August 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  17. Peter

    Most Hindu gods were born out of wedlocks!http://www.raceandhistory.com/worldhotspots/riddlerama.htm clearly states how Hindu gods and goddesses were born. The details are too colorful to be reproduced on this forum.

    Hindu gods fought devils and lost on many occasions! No wonder why Hindus are losers.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  18. Zeb_Lucknow_Islamic Republic of India

    Hinduism did not exist before 1830. It was created by the English colonialists in the 1830s.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Your world didn't exist until I imagined before breakfast today. Now I'm so ashamed.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  19. Melvin

    If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
    If you have any b@lls, prepare to sacrifice them now.
    But the time has come for Indians to get out of the trenches from hiding,
    And face the Talibans head on and do the biding.
    Protecting your country is Indian responsibility,
    Subcontracting to Americans, Israelis and South Koreans is not an enduring possibility.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  20. Patrick

    PAKISTANIS IN THE WEST SHOULD BE DRAGGED AROUND AND CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY. IF THEY DONT AGREE THEY SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO THEIR ROTTEN COUTNRY!. THEY DONT DESERVE TO LIVE IN A CILVIZED WORLD!

    August 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      STOP SHOUTING!

      August 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Julius

      But hinduism teaches URINE DRINKING. One Prime Minister, Morarji Desai (Brahmin), boasted that he was drinking eight ounces of his own urine daily (pure and fresh!) in the morning in accordance with the Vedas. No wonder hindus stink like sh$t

      August 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
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