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Pakistani court postpones decision on teen accused of blasphemy
Rimsha Masih sits in a helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on September 8, 2012.
October 1st, 2012
04:52 AM ET

Pakistani court postpones decision on teen accused of blasphemy

From Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - A Christian girl accused of violating Pakistani blasphemy laws by allegedly burning pages containing texts from the Quran will have to wait at least another two weeks to learn her fate after a court ordered a stay of proceedings in her case Monday.

A juvenile court had been due Monday to hear the case of the girl, Rimsha Masih. But the Islamabad High Court said the hearing should wait until it has ruled on a petition by Rimsha's lawyers seeking a dismissal, one of the lawyers said.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Islam • Pakistan • Quran

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    October 2, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Nope

      Nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:36 am |
    • nope

      @Nope
      nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • nope

      @nope
      @@nope
      nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • snopes says

      nope to nope

      October 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 2, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. -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!

      October 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  2. Morgrut

    In the middle of all their terrorism, extremist fundamentalism, violence, insanity, and all that, they want to have the UN proclaim the Islamic religion as the world's dominant religion? They want the world to respect them? They are truly insane.

    October 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  4. El Capitan ♠

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

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

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

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

    October 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Patrick

      We remain extremely appalled and highly concerned about the continued medieval cultural and barbaric social practices prevalent in the name of Hinduism in India. Much to our chagrin, the human rights organizations are either turning a blind eye towards these injustices or are being paid off to look the other way. We are particularly aware of the victims of such practices, namely, young children and women especially those women who are pregnant and are bearing a female embryo. They are being mistreated or simply sacrificed in the name of their deities. To the civilized world such atrocious behavior is repulsive and is condemned in the strongest words. We urge the Indian Hindus to immediately cease and desist from such unacceptable norms. To them we say the world is watching and will see to it that justice prevails.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  5. derp

    Religion of peace....

    ....and imprisoning mildly retarded teen age girls.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  6. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    I think the hardest thing to put into perspecive is this; these people are just like you and me. They were not born this way. They cannot help where they were born. Uneducated, brain-washed and rewarded for violent behavior.

    The real question is, how do we insist on freedom and education for these people so they can think for themselves? If Amercian Christians are any example....we can't.

    So, what then? I think we have to clean up our own house before we can attempt to clean up their's. But war IS an option in this case. Remove them all.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You would be surprised how much we can influence others.

      Agricultural dominance is the mother of all WMD's

      With the wave of a pen we could literally starve them all to death if we chose to.

      We simply lack the courage of our convictions

      October 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  7. Rational Libertarian

    I hate the way that these ass-holes are making me hate all Arabs. I don't want to hate anybody, but the constant stream of horror coming from the Arab world has given me a "don't trust the rag-heads" mentality.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Answer

      It's natural to hate those twits due to their stupid fairy tales.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Rational Lib

      I totally understand. It's sometimes is very hard not to over-generalize, given the constant stream of negativity that comes from the ME.

      Peace...

      October 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mainstream Media

      You will eat every last bite and like it!

      October 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • ME II

      @Rational Libertarian,
      "I hate the way that these ass-holes are making me hate all [Jews]. I don't want to hate anybody, but the constant stream of horror coming from the [Jewish] world has given me a "don't trust the [Hebs]" mentality."

      ... ?

      October 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • yurlipsrmuvn

      Hey MEII,
      your transposing of "Jews" for "Arabs" is cute but only shows your anti-semitism. Look the world over my friend and you will see true terrorism is conducted only by the "religion of peace".

      October 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • ME II

      @yurlipsrmuvn,
      Just trying to point out how it sounds with other groups.

      "ook the world over my friend and you will see true terrorism is conducted only by the 'religion of peace'."
      James Holmes, Timothy McVeigh, Virginia Tech, Tuscon, Army of God, Lord's Resistance Army,
      heck even the Amish are goin' gansta' (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/us/jury-convicts-amish-group-of-hate-crimes.html?_r=0)

      October 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Morgrut

      Why not transpose "clowns" for "arabs"? Because you switching the words around doesn't mean SQUAT because those other groups are not doing what Muslims are doing. Not even close. You are an idiot, ME ll.

      October 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  8. Heaven Eleven

    I think this is very sweet. They are showing true compassion in the name of God. Bless them.

    October 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Huebert

      Compassion would have been not leveling criminal charges against a child for insulting a mythological figure.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Heaven Eleven

      @Huebert

      Oh I think you are over-blowing it. They are sensitive about their holy book, as are Christians. Cooler heads have prevailed and I think they should be applauded, and hopefully that girl has learned a lesson about showing some respect!

      October 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I have to believe this is either parody, or you are mentally derainged.

      Respect? That HAS to be a joke.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Heaven Eleven

      @William Demuth

      I think it is very interesting William, that you would call me mentally deranged when you are the one advocating using WMD's! If anyone is deranged it is you. We have the same problem here as they have there. Teens have no respect anymore. She would not be getting punished if she would behave properly and do as she is told. Simple enough.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Irrational beliefs do not deserve respect. Religion deserves nothing but derision as long as they propogate division, hate, and theocracies.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      To All & @Heaven Eleven

      I'm definitely calling "Poe's Law" on @Heaven Eleven.

      -CS... is that you ? 😉

      Peace...

      October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Huebert

      "and hopefully the girl has learned a lesson about showing some respect!"

      WHAT THE FCUK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

      October 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • CS

      @therealpeace2all

      🙂

      October 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @CS

      The funny thing is always the continuing comments that keep pouring in 'after' 😀

      Peace...

      October 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Eleven is a fraud.

      Not even a Fundie is that ignorant

      October 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    And the UN wants more blasphemy laws?

    India needs to nuke this cesspool ASAP.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • ME II

      I thought that anti-defamation crap was dead.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
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