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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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  1. Johnson Z

    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 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • toad

      I know an atheist who won't vaccinate her children. Your story takes the cake, though.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      and ever yeah Christians drown their child killing their earthly bodies then reviving them in christ

      August 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      or how about that genital mutilation Jews and Muslims

      August 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Kay

      Way to reference something from someone's blog in 2005 that *claims* to be from CNN but can't be found on CNN...and has no working links.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Ram Ram Ram

    Once upon a Mumbai dreary, while the Indian Army pondered weak and weary.....
    While they nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at their bunker door.
    "'Tis some visiter," they muttered, "tapping at our bunker door —
    Only this and nothing more."

    What say you? Quoth the talibans… What say you?
    It ain’t no visiter….so to speak…’tis…the talibans…2 or 3 but Not More.
    We come in peace and nothing more…only in peace and nothing more...to tickle you to heart’s content.
    To sing you some bhajans and maybe more....so go back to sleep Evermore.
    Quoth the talibans, Evermore".
    And when you wake up we will be long gone…but we will be back____will be back
    This time in New Delhi….we will be back____
    Quoth the talibans…. we are coming back!!!!.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mountain High

      LOL....didn't a couple of taliban teenagers invaded India and held it hostage for a few weeks. Wonder what good India's nukes are (i.e. if they have any !!!)_

      August 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  3. more2bits

    By definition then, since they have laws on the books to deal with the Islamic faith–then Pakistan qualifies as a 'Theocracy'. To me and billions around the world–it's an Idiocracy or Lunaticracy (spelling?)

    August 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  4. Ducky

    Mahatma Gandhi and Jerry Sandusky: Strange Bedfellows

    What do these two have in common???? Phucking boys !!!! Shame. Let us bring their memories down and their legacies trashed. Let us knock their statues down and their thoughts erased.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Mucky

      Gandhi was a sicko. I would exhume his body and test him for HIV AIDS. It has been and still is sop revalent in India.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Kay

      Huh??? There's a HUGE difference between being gay and being a pedophile. Why do you have a hard time grasping that? Or is there something *else* you want to grasp???

      August 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Cabot L

    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. 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.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Mucky

      What a beetch

      August 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Kay

      Nope. A "recent report" has said no such thing. Indeed, UPI India never said it.

      You're just copying and pasting something that someone else claimed someone else said who "quoted" someone else who, back in 2007, claimed that UPI (India) claimed this.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  6. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    we are proud creator of countless non-profit humanitarian organizations around the world. If I may list few for inconsiderate people:

    Abu Nidal Organization
    Abu Sayyaf Group
    Al-Aqsa e.V.
    Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
    Al-Badr
    al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
    Al Ghurabaa
    al-Haramain Foundation
    Al Ittihad Al Islamia
    al-Qaeda
    al-Qaeda in Iraq
    al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula
    al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
    Al-Shabaab
    Ansar al-Islam
    Ansar al-Sunna
    Armed Islamic Group
    Asbat al-Ansar
    Deendar Anjuman
    Egyptian Islamic Jihad
    Gama'a al-Islamiyya
    Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front
    Hamas
    Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
    Harakat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islami
    Harakat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islami (Bangladesh)
    Harakat ul-Mujahidin
    Harakat-Ul-Mujahideen/Alami
    Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin
    Hezbollah
    Hezbollah External Security Organisation
    Hizb ut-Tahrir
    Hizbul Mujahideen
    Islamic Army of Aden
    Islamic Jihad Union
    Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
    Jaish-e-Mohammed
    Jamaat Ul-Furquan
    Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
    Jamiat ul-Ansar
    Jamiat-e Islami
    Jemaah Islamiya
    Jund Ash Sham
    Jundullah
    Khuddam ul-Islam
    Kurdistan Freedom Falcons
    Lashkar-e-Taiba
    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
    Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
    Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group
    Mujahedin-e Khalq
    Muslim Brotherhood
    Palestine Liberation Front
    Palestinian Islamic Jihad
    Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-
    Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
    Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage
    Students Islamic Movement of India
    Supreme Military Majlis ul-Shura of the United Mujahideen Forces of Caucasus
    Takfir wal-Hijra
    Taliban
    Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
    Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

    August 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • toad

      That's what I like best about the Islamist shits. No organization of more than two people can survive without splitting. They will never be anything more than a hemorrhoid on the asshole of the world because of that.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Christians prey on suffering to,.. it get them converts

      August 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  7. jackestein

    "Blasphemy" is a good tool for "theocracy controllers" (cops, lawyers, judges, etc) to get their way. The Roman Catholic Church theocracies used it in the past to burn blasphemers at the stake – alive. Muslim theocracies today are not much different. The worship of GOD is a wonderful experience. To bad the world is full of evil controllers who give the worship of GOD a bad name.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  8. Shane

    This is why I wouldn't want the US to turn into a theocracy. This is why religion has no place in politics and the government.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Hez316

      You have little to fear

      August 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      You have little to fear until January 2013. Romney / Ryan 2012

      August 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  9. joeblackbird1

    Prophet Mohammed was a pedophile and adulterer.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  10. nottolate

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

    Even if their religion were legit (it's not and is false), this would not meet the definition of blasphemy. Blasphemy is any event which demotes God and detracts from his glory. It can be a deed or something spoken. Mohammed is not God. In order to claim blasphemy the muslims would have to deify Mohammed. We all know they in fact do. Deifying Mohommad is in itself blasphemy because it demotes God to the level of the creation (Mohammed) and/or elevates the creation (Mohammed) to the level of God. It would seem muslim clerics are ignorant of the most fundamental things. A lot like the vast majority of Americans when it comes to matters of religion whom they despise.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Muhammad is a profit of their/your god (Yahweh=Jehovah=Allah) when you insult the profit(Issiah/Jesus/Muhammad) you have insulted their god ether all gods are real or no god is real,.. monotheism is a lie,.. frankly I'm suing the city for having carpets of one of my goddess (Athena) at their doorstep because it is insulting and blasphemy to walk on her face ever morning

      That's right Christian Californians Athena is the Goddess of California get over it

      but you know their is another way free-speech allow those to say what they want were they want blasphemy laws are ridicules and unfair, they favor one God or Goddess over another and that an affront to modern multicultural democracy

      August 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • doughnuts

      All religions are false.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • nottolate

      @Sam Yaza,

      "Muhammad is a profit of their/your god (Yahweh=Jehovah=Allah) when you insult the profit(Issiah/Jesus/Muhammad) you have insulted their god ether all gods are real or no god is real,.. monotheism is a lie,.. frankly I'm suing the city for having carpets of one of my goddess (Athena) at their doorstep because it is insulting and blasphemy to walk on her face ever morning"

      You like opening your mouth while knowing full well you don't know what you are talking about? First, Mohammed is no prophet of the Most High God. For it is written,

      I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel – 7 not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! 9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!

      Islam is clearly not the same as Christianity. With the above verses we see then Islam is a false gospel and that Mohammed is actually a fraud who has deceived countless.

      Your next mistake is that ALLAH does not equal Jehovah or Yahweh. It is the name of God and GOD is not a name:

      H3068 יְהוֹוָה Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw') n/p.
      1. (the) self-Existent or Eternal
      2. Jehovah, Jewish national name of God
      [from H1961]
      KJV: Jehovah, the Lord.
      Root(s): H1961
      Compare: H3050, H3069

      Your third obvious error is to ridiculous as to not be believed. All gods are not real and all gods are not God. Hence we have the word IDOLATRY.

      That's right Christian Californians Athena is the Goddess of California get over it

      but you know their is another way free-speech allow those to say what they want were they want blasphemy laws are ridicules and unfair, they favor one God or Goddess over another and that an affront to modern multicultural democracy

      August 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • ReligiousGuy

      @nottolate: "it demotes God to the level of the creation (Mohammed)".....isn't the same as Jesus being called God when in fact Jesus was created by God and Jesus called God his Holy Father?

      August 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • nottolate

      @Religious Guy,

      @nottolate: "it demotes God to the level of the creation (Mohammed)".....isn't the same as Jesus being called God when in fact Jesus was created by God and Jesus called God his Holy Father?

      You're about as bad as the other guy. Jesus wasn't created by God himself being very God. Observe how it is written:

      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

      We know that "The Word" is none other than Jesus and he created all things

      and again

      16 For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

      Further, Jesus calling God the father was established by an agreement and covenant within the Godhead for the efficient working of it, and in no way lessens the fact that Jesus himself is God along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

      When you claim that a person should be put to death for merely speaking evil of another man (Mohammed), then you have in fact deified that man and now you yourself are guilty of blasphemy. Therefore, all muslims and every mulim that has ever lived is guilty of blasphemy nefore God. I can blaspheme God the Father and Jesus all day long and they will forgive me. But you are claiming that this false prophet Mohammed is greater than both the Son and the Father by your death decree. You muslims have your thinking all wrong because you do not know God. For who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Answer: He who is least among men.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Dear nottolate

      calling another god false, the devil, an idol
      is merely bigotry brought on by you evil god of war
      what makes his words right because he says it is and he says he is infallible

      you are worshiping the same god of Abraham,.. well not really Abraham because Abraham was a pagan who worshiped El Elyon as his Elohim(which the god of war; Yahweh killed) not Yahweh(the Canaan god of war) more like the God of David

      my point is your god is a lair and a destroyer(just going by the fruit he bore)

      the fact is you god says in your book that their are other gods he mentions Baal(his brother/father and Asherah(his mother)
      he just says worship me the highest,.. their are multiple gods otherwise people like the Shintoist(in like the billions) and the Hindus (300+) would not exists,.. i will say it again ether all God/Goddesses exist or none do that is the only choices

      i believe your god is real i just don't have to like him with just evidence to support why,.. you believe my god is fake and when you do not acknowledge some one existence you have done worse then kill them

      and you know i know Amaterasu, Athene, Gaia, Lilith, Danu is real because lie yo i can feel it,.. unlike you i can see it to

      Amaterasu = the sun(no doubt about it with out her we die, she governs all life)
      Athene = another name for Venus, (i live in her state we in America fallow her law)
      Gaia = shes kinda everything (seriously everything)
      Lilith = i think there for i F4ck (that's a joke/ shes the tree of wisdom "your brain")
      Danu = i drink her all day and so do you

      there you have it my personal pantheon

      all of them Goddesses all of them as real as yours

      August 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      oh and also you god has the same law go back and read it,..

      better yet
      One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father got into a fight with one of the Israelite men. During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the LORD's name. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother's name was Shelomith. She was the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan. They put the man in custody until the LORD's will in the matter should become clear. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death. Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished. Anyone who blasphemes the LORD's name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD's name will surely die. (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)

      so by your logic

      oh and Jesus was a man well or a demigod i don't follow them ether

      August 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • nottolate

      @Sam Yaza.

      Dear nottolate calling another god false, the devil, an idol is merely bigotry brought on by you evil god of war what makes his words right because he says it is and he says he is infallible"

      Are you drunk or something? Or do you just like to remain willfully ignorant even after presented with the absolute truth. Ya might wanna look this stuff up before you go posting:

      – Original: εἰδωλολατρεία
      – Transliteration: Eidololatreia
      – Phonetic: i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah
      – Definition:
      1. the worship of false gods, idolatry
      a. of the formal sacrificial feats held in honour of false gods
      b. of avarice, as a worship of Mammon
      2. in the plural, the vices springing from idolatry and peculiar to it
      – Origin: from G1497 and G2999
      – TDNT entry: 08:19,2
      – Part(s) of speech: Noun Feminine

      or

      IDOL'ATRY, n. [L. idololatria. Gr. idol, and to worship or serve.]
      1. The worship of idols, images, or any thing made by hands, or which is not God.
      Idolatry is of two kinds; the worship of images, statues, pictures, _c. made by hands; and the worship of the heavenly bodies,the sun, moon and stars, or of demons, angels, men and animals.
      2. Excessive attachment or veneration for any thing, or that which borders on adoration.

      "you are worshiping the same god of Abraham"

      Wrong! Just google Jehovah vs Allah. The first link will be a PDF detailing the attributes of Jehovah in comparison to Allah. It clearly shows that they cannot be the same.

      "my point is your god is a lair and a destroyer(just going by the fruit he bore)"

      You'll think differently at the judgement. And I have no problem with him being a destroyer. God is every bit a God of wrath as he is a God of love. Any other definition would be an idol. So it seems you too have created an idol for yourself.

      "the fact is you god says in your book that their are other gods he mentions Baal(his brother/father and Asherah(his mother)
      he just says worship me the highest,.. their are multiple gods otherwise people like the Shintoist(in like the billions) and the Hindus (300+) would not exists,.. i will say it again ether all God/Goddesses exist or none do that is the only choices"

      When God refers to "other gods," he is referring to those idols that man has taken for himself and called gods when they are not. Perhaps you should read the whole thing. For it is written,

      18 It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands. 19 They have burned the gods of the nations, for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them.

      "i you believe my god is fake and when you do not acknowledge some one existence you have done worse then kill them"

      Then die the death. For your so-called god is a product of your own corruption.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I believe it actually is "too late" for you, notalottabrains.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you arrogant Human to speak of things you truly know nothing of. it was your destroyer, your lair who gave us such a name. your tyrant God called us devil and idols if that he so he himself was born from an Idol. 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

      sorry even i can be angry at time ,.. i do love you humans and i only want what is best, break off your shackles and be gods in your own right

      ♥ שמיחזה

      August 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • nottolate

      @Sam Yaza

      "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."

      And the rest of what you wrote is gibberish.

      You poor fool. You think we do what we do that we might enter Heaven? No. We do what we do simply because He is.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      And the rest of what you wrote is gibberish.

      You poor fool. You think we do what we do that we might enter Heaven? No. We do what we do simply because He is.

      HE is a seriously ignorant buffoon you mean

      perhaps knowledge is dead to you the tyrant has eatin' your mind with lies

      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 5:17 pm |
  11. JennyTX

    Oh for crying out loud. When will people realize that religions are man made?

    August 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  12. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.
    August 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Allah

      Most Islamic countries have good Wet Burqua contests!

      August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  13. james ainoris

    Its funny how when anyone that is not a christian does anything wrong the media reports the incident as follow: "the Moslem did...." or "the Jew.....money" etc. Never will you hear or see "the Christian stole money and blew up...." yet just as much violence and theivery is committed by them... look at the dark history of christianity and its followers of the "prince of peace?" a quick overveiw: destruction of Jews in Jerusalem,evil crusades and pogroms,100year war,inquisition,slavery of african and various indigenous peoples,martin luthers rabid antisemitism,American witch burning,american slavery,genocide of american and south american indians,pogroms against Mormons and anabaptists,kkk,american euginics,collaboration with nazi's(polish catholic,dutch/norway protestant) quotas against eastern europeans(jews) from immigrating, and lynching of blacks. Yes the "moral? majority" has alot to say when any non christian does anything wrong...there are 2billion good Moslems in the world Shalom

    August 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Tom

      The difference is, the incidents you are quoting all happened before 1970. The rest of the world and world's religions have continued to modernize and realize the barbaric acts of the past were just that: barbaric. They've renounced killing people that don't believe in your religion or decide to follow a different religion. Islam, in particular in Pakistan, doesn't do that. It continues the barbaric ways of the past 14 centuries. Killing an 11 year old child because she said something you didn't like? How do you defend that?

      August 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  14. dfasdfasdffffff

    I burned the Quran the other day. Do something you ugly sand dwelling apes

    August 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  15. reader10

    Thousands of them are living in the land of the devil (USA) and walking around in bed sheets.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  16. 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 tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • sendai

      Religion is a creation of men. Actually it is a creation of liars. Approach it with loathing if you must approach it at all.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  17. GoldenChild

    I burned the Quran today. Actually the paper was kind of weird and wouldn't light by itself so I put it in the barbecue grill with charcoal and soaked it with this mixture of naphtha and ether my dad likes to use. After a while it did burn by itself. We did have a barbecue with the coals. The taste wasn't strange at all.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Dain

      Beer braweurst? mmm...

      August 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • GoldenChild

      oh other day I ran out of tissue papers and made a good use of couple of pages of Quran while reading it my toilet. I am working on a book called "100 Emergency Uses of Quran"

      August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Allah

      I hear it really gets the Shiite out of some tough places!

      August 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      only if you pray Mohammad rest is just waste of time.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • truth be told

      mohammed was a false prophet and allah is a false god.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Troy

      Truth – you know Islam follows the god of Abraham, right? So you just called the Christian god false?

      August 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • truth be told

      @troy
      allah is not the God of Abraham

      August 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • truth be told

      The muslim abraham is not even THE Abraham

      August 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Troy

      Hate to tell you, but it is. Just saying it isn't doesn't change reality. Do a bit of research – there's a reason Islam gets lumped in with the Judeo-Christian faiths.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • truth be told

      You can lump wherever you choose allah is not the God of Abraham and the abraham of islam is not the Biblical patriarch but a misrepresentation of both by the false prophet mohammed.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Lol. Arguing over whose politicians and salesmen of old were better at suckering people into a lie.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  19. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Our gift to the World is priceless:

    Osama Bin Laden
    Atiyah Abd Al-Rahman
    Abu Ayyub Al-Masri
    Mustafa Al-Yazid
    Abu Qaswarah
    Abu Laith Al-Libi
    Muharib Abdul Latif Al-Jubouri
    Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah
    Baitullah Mehsud
    Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi
    Amjad Farooqi
    Ali Qaed Senyan Al-Harthi
    Ramzi Bin Al-Shibh
    Abu Zubaydah
    Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri
    Muhammad Atef
    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

    August 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      and you inconsiderate world have killed them all before their time. Shame Shame Shame on you.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Cheng Yi

      Why did you not include mohammed in that list?

      August 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • truth be told

      too bad they all were not killed before they acted out their rage.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Allah

      yes they are priceless... Good Live Targets are hard to find now-a-days. Although, you forgot:

      Al Banga De Lamb
      Havent Bin Fuked
      Abubu Picinic Basket
      Farooqi Monster
      Mustafa Anotha Kabob

      August 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Norm

      I didn't know there were so many ways to say drone strike in Arabic.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  20. gary

    allah is the moon that men ignorantly worship through the liar muhammad who was a catholic protege raised to bring divisions among the arab population so that the catholics could steal yerusalem from there occupation.Truth.Deal with it infidels who don't worship the True creator of Ibrahim!Yahuah is His name and Yashua was His prophet and saviour!

    August 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Dain

      Debatable.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • What Were You Thinking When You Said That?

      if allah is the moon then my dog is the Mars.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
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