February 3rd, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Pakistani teen jailed for blasphemy, group says

Pakistan must immediately drop blasphemy  charges against a teenager and let him out of jail, Human Rights Watch said.

"Pakistan has set the standard for intolerance when it comes to misusing  blasphemy laws, but sending a schoolboy to jail for something he scribbled on  an exam paper is truly appalling," Bede Sheppard, senior children's rights  researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement Wednesday.

Police told CNN Tuesday that they had arrested a teenager accused of  writing insulting comments about Muslim prophet Mohammed in a school exam.

They arrested 17 year-old Sami Ullah in Karachi after receiving a  complaint from the local board of education, said Karachi police official  Qudrat Shah Lodhi.

Read the full story on the teen jailed for blasphemy
- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • Pakistan • Religious liberty • Teens

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  2. herit


    February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  3. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    If only atheism remains, then we will have more of what Hitler did to the jews. Atheists have no moral compass. There is no switch that goes on and tells them that what they are doing is wrong. They keep on going, on and on. RATIONALIZING EVIL. Fortunately, for the jews, the allied put a stop to it, at the 6,000,000 mark otherwise the Godless Nazis would ve kept going on and on and on.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Reality

      Hmmm? So the atheists, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who have donated billions to solve the world's hunger and medical problems have no moral compass?

      And where is the moral compass in the following koranic-driven acts of terror and horror?

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat 98,691 – 107,707 Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      February 4, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      What nonsense. Atheists have a better compass than yours.. you have one that only points east. Morality has nothing to do with believing in myths.. society was working out fine before religion reared its ugly head. At this present time it appears your side has its switch stuck on "irrational "

      February 4, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      World War One and World War Two and the Col War are indeed shinning examples of non-religious rationality!

      February 4, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • Reality

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      The Twenty Top Atrocities

      Rank Death Toll Cause Centuries Religions involved*

      1 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")
      2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)
      40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)
      4 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)
      5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)
      6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)
      20 million Joseph Stalin 20C
      8 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)
      9 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C
      10 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)
      11 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)
      15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians)
      13 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C
      14 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C
      10 million Xin Dynasty 1C
      16 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)
      17 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans)
      8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)
      19 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)
      7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."


      February 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @(B)iraq Hussein Osama,
      Hitler/Nazi party was not atheist.

      "What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and the reproduction of our race...so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe..." Mein Kampf

      "The National Government regards the two Christian confessions (i.e. Catholicism and Protestantism) as factors essential to the soul of the German people. ... We hold the spiritual forces of Christianity to be indispensable elements in the moral uplift of most of the German people." My New Order

      Not that many would agree that he was Christian, but calling him an atheist is inaccurate.

      February 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  4. Tim

    Some have advocated the removal from the earth all religion, and thus only atheism remain. However, is the elimination of all religion the answer ? It is true that almost all religions has not been a force for peace, but division and hatred. And it these religions that have been judged as worthy of removal from the earth by God.

    The Bible book of Revelation provides insight into this, calling all religions but the one true religion, a harlot named Babylon the Great at Revelation 17. That this religious empire is to be permanently done away with is seen at Revelation 18:8, whereby it says: "That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong."

    February 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The bible provides insight on nothing except one set of gullible sheep's manmade tribal myths. There is nothing new in that book of silliness and lots that is just plain wrong. Throw it and the shackles of religion away!

      February 4, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    I fail to understand why the ragheads jailed a 17yo kid jus cause he wrote a comment about a man. That mohomid isnt any diety thats worthy of worship. Thats reserved for God alone. Of course, when the ragheads practice a false religion, thats what happens. An innocent gets hurt!

    February 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  6. TheRationale

    A law against blasphemy is the absolute best indicator that you cannot substantiate your beliefs with good reasoning and instead must rely on a cowardly and primitive use of force. Pakistan is ruled by men with little minds and even less confidence. It is a pity such filthy governments still exist.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • A christian

      And there is no such law on the books in Christianity. Blasphemy is defined in the bible... but what is the punishmen? excommunication is the worst these days and thats only if you are Catholic.

      February 4, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      A Christian.. its not through lack of trying though..Christians burned "witches", persecuted and murdered those that spoke out against the church in medieval times. Christianity has evolved into a more civilized form as it moves into the 21 century, although it does still carry some hatred in its DNA.. it has problem with gays for some reason..but eventually that will pass. Islam still has away to go as it strives to become more human, and we look forward to it moving into the 21 century.

      February 4, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • HotAirAce

      If the various pope-a-dopes won't excommunicate pedophile priests, what threat is excommunication really?

      February 4, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  7. HotAirAce

    My personal guess is that the student wrote something protesting islam's acceptence of marrying off 10 year old girls, provided they are "ripe" enough of course. Maybe he made comments saying that his mother and female relatives should be treated as equals.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      maybe he asked that his mother and female relatives be treated equal and that the men in pakistan should also have ovaries and give birth to children and have to nourish them thereafter!

      February 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Reality

      More truths about Islam not to be repeated in the "dark aged" Pakistan:

      Islam gives women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."
      ref: Washington Post book review.

      some excerpts:

      "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

      "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

      "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

      "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

      February 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • A christian

      HAA while what you said has humours value .. it was because the teen insulted the prophet. That can get you dead in ISLAM. I am so glad that I am Christian, because you can insult Christ and God... and not have to worry about blasphemy charges! You have the ability to choose and no one denies you that... LoL 😉

      February 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      You cannot insult that which does not exist...

      February 4, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  8. Reality

    Once a day WARNING for new commentators:

    • The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

    • More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

    Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

    Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".

    Raison's Filter Fiber© (joking about the copyright)
    1. Here's my latest list – this seems like a good spot to set this down, as nobody's posting much on this thread.....
    bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:
    Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet)
    – I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).
    c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
    sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
    ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
    t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
    va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-garies
    ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
    jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
    p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
    o ficti-tious, repeti-tion, competi-tion.

    There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.
    okay words that you might not expect to be filtered....!!!

    Here's a word to add to the banned list: co-co-on
    whether it's c-oc, or co-on, this is ridiculous

    February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  9. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    Why couldn't all Pakistani girls look like her?


    February 3, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      they will indeed look like your mothers and daughters above, once you have defeated the islamists!

      February 3, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  10. Reality

    This is the USA where there are no laws preventing publications about the Truth about Islam:

    Some facts:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  11. David Johnson

    The article says:
    "The controversial laws say whoever defiles the name of the prophet shall be punished by death or imprisoned for life."

    Is this sort of law in our future?

    The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of all these efforts, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as head. A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.

    Expect an attack on the 1st Amendment. The founding fathers will weep.

    Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy.

    The Republicans are the puppets of the Religious Right.

    You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

    Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies.

    Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed.

    P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!

    Creationism will be taught in school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees.
    Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and trees that bear knowledge and everlasting life giving fruit. *sigh*

    The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?"

    Prayer will be back in school, but only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

    $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. Ladies, cross your legs!!!
    Jesus will be the Head of State! And only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    Humans are slaves to gods that don't even exist. It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad.


    February 3, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Not sure why you are babbling on and on about por nography and gay rights. It would only do america good if less women are abused and turned into harl ots by the por n industry. And less gays means more hetro se xuals and that means more kids and families. If it was nt for your own freaking parents not being gay, you would nt even be here commenting, idiot!

      February 3, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @David Johnson
      "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics."
      – Robert Heinlein

      I know that I probably quote Heinlein as much as fundies quote the Bible, but that man was a genius, well ahead of his time!
      More of his prophecies have been fulfilled than the Bible's

      February 3, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Peace2All

      @David Johnson

      Well said, my friend...


      February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • An Observation

      Yes DOC.... one of the best "science Fiction" writers of the age is the perfect person to comment on social problems the world over. Why teh next thing you know you will be quoting from Starship Troopers! Say like this one ...

      To quote

      I told you that juvenile delinquent is a contradiction in terms. Delinquent means failing in duty. But duty is an adult virtue – indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be, a juvenile delinquent.

      – Colonel Dubois

      February 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
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