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March 14th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Petition: Free Pakistani Christian woman set for execution

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -
Activists presented a petition Tuesday to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling on Pakistan to free a Christian mother of five from being put to death on the charge of blasphemy.

A Pakistani court Asia Bibi guilty of defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed during a 2009 argument with Muslim fellow field workers. The offense is punishable by death or life imprisonment, according to Pakistan's penal code, and Bibi was sentenced to hang.

But an investigation by a Pakistani government ministry found the charges stemmed from religious and personal enmity and recommended Bibi's release.

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Filed under: Asia • Pakistan

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  1. recorded

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    August 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Athiest > Fairy Tales

    Why is anyone even left in that country... enter at your own risk, backwards and barbaric peoples inhabit it. We want to control your thoughts and words... Big Allah Brother is watching

    April 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  3. Pete

    So much to argue about,so little time.Tell the Pakistan people to turn the women over or no more foriegn aid.You then can eat your horses,camels and God only knows not cows.Send the Turks in and pay a bounty on any heads ,men ,women, and children.Show the world we mean business,it'll quiet their saber rattling for a long time.They're not used to a civilized country being so barbaric,like when the great Genghis Khan came in and slaughtered everything in sight taking almost all of the middle east and Asia as his own...Some times being politically correct on foriegn affairs doesn't get the point across,the shock factor does,it'll get their attention permanently....

    March 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  4. American In Exile

    americanexile.blogspot.com

    March 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  5. American In Exile

    Can't we all just get along?? Kudos to what appears to be the only legit post from a Muslim in a Muslim country speaking openly about how they feel about this topic. Athiests and Christians come now, we are all still human with or without our beliefs. Athiests keep not believing. Christians keep believing. Stop fighting. I love this blog, everyone forgets that with or without dogma we have a duty to treat each other fairly.

    March 17, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Keith

      fair treatment would include life, liberty, and the pursuit of hapiness. I will defend the defenseless where I can. When Boko Haram stops killing Christians, the Muslim Brotherhood stops burning churches and killing Christians, ....the list is endless. you reap what you sow. You have some sort of utopia in mind...It doesn't exist.

      March 17, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • American In Exile

      I pray for you Keith. You are far from the kingdom of heaven. Redemptive violence is not the answer. Trade your love for their violence. Pray for those that persecute you, vengenance belongs to God.

      March 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  6. Keith

    Saudi Grand Mufti: 'Destroy All Churches'

    Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region."
    Article from Israel National News.com.
    Isn't the religion of "peace and tolerance" just awesome?

    March 17, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Everything will be saved and made christian if the world would make president Obama Gods in their heart since Obama will be working with Christ on October 21st of this year. That is good gospel of Obama and Christ!

      March 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  7. Clooney, Thanks for all that you do...

    ...need to bring healing and help stop persecution one nation at a time.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Cloony needs to worship and praise our good christian president Obama since Obama will be God on October 21st of this year. Let the Hollywood come to D.C. to make Obama Gods in their hearts! Call us at 240–274-5156 and/or 240–632-1189 for details. We want to work with you on how to become christian the Obama Christian Muslim Style. That is the only way to get right with God and make it to heaven. Thank you for your service!

      March 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  8. Mirosal

    let's see ... she's on death row for blasphemy against Mohammed. My turn now... Mohammed was a desert-roaming, camel-f–king ped-o-phile who had to MARRY a NINE YEAR OLD GIRL!!! Gee what a needle-di-k he must have had. How's that for blasphemy? C'mon mullahs and imams... issue your little fatwa against me, because you're too much of a pus-y to come do it yourselves.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Kamen

      Where's the like button?

      March 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • DH

      He married a 6 year old girl and consummated that marriage at 9. 🙂

      March 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  9. Lil

    If you think the news media is corrupt, I suggest you check out the past year's blogs from the lead politicians on the official North Korean website. Just look and I think you will be surprised at the difference.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    March 16, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • Jesus

      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!!! .......

      March 16, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  11. Pamela

    Hosea 4:6 says my people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge/truth. 1 John 1:8 reads if we claim to be without sin, we deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us. Believers we have been told not to argue or debate with non-believers about our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, lets remember the scripture says; EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue will confess that He is Lord whether here on earth while they yet still have a chance to accept HIM as their Lord & Saviour or in HELL where every conversation and idle word spoken against Jesus the Christ will be recalled back to their remembrance wishing that they didn't allow stupidity to cloud their thinking. But at that time, the judgement would have already been set and no turning back neither a second chance given to REPENT. So to all believers respond to those that oppose Jesus because surely they are not rejecting us and just say: THOU SAYEST! ONE THING IS FOR SURE THE BOOK WILL BE OPENED AND THE FILM WILL BE ROLLING ON EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THIS EARTH SAVED OR NOT!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Keith

      Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

      Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

      Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How about praying to God to give you a working cerebellum, Keith? How about asking him to give you the intelligence and the courage to admit you were wrong?

      Yeah, I didn't think you had any faith anyway.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Chad

      " But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander" 1 Peter 3

      March 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Translation of Chad's babble: ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................burp..........................................................................................faRT..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................burp..........................................................................................faRT.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................burp..........................................................................................faRT...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................burp..........................................................................................faRT................................................................................................................................................

      March 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  12. END OF TIMES IS HERE

    FOR ALL WHO READ THIS GET YOUR CONSCIENCE IN ORDER YOUR ABOUT TO MEET YOUR MAKER! ID WATCH WAT I WISH FOR TOWARDS OTHERS IM SURE GODS KEEPING TRACK LOOK AROUND HE'S COMING BACK THE SIGNS ARE EVERYWHERE EVERY CONTINENT

    March 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • sam

      The biggest sign is you not being able to find your capslock key...

      March 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Some people only pay attention to rule 39 and pay no attention to rule 40. (If you don't know then look it up.)

      March 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  13. Truth

    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Non-Muslims

    March 15, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  14. @youignantdotcom

    Just another reason why the US should never be a theocracy...

    However, if other countries want to run their country this way, we should let them. Even though its wrong, its not our place to police the world.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Reality

      Why the USA must remain vigilant and involved.

      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,

      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: . 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 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings 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.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began

      March 15, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Keith

      Theocracy is coming whether you like it or not. Jesus reigning from Jerusalem for 1,000 years.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam

      Keith, please. Seriously.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I believe Keith has tipped his hand. He's a nut-case and is only here because it's his turn to use the computer in the hospital's day room.

      March 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • AGuest9

      I guess the tin-foil doesn't impede the wifi?

      March 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It probably does, but Keith is oblivious.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  15. Reality

    Islam gives their own 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".

    March 15, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  16. Zohaib

    Hello from Pakistan. I am a Muslim, and believe Islam is the truth.

    I believe this blashpemy law is stupid, and against Islam 🙂

    March 15, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • Nii

      Thanks Zoahib. Can u organize a protest with ten of your Muslim friends supporting Bibi? It will be very much appreciated.

      March 15, 2012 at 5:56 am |
    • Reality

      For Zohaib and his sister and brother Muslims:

      -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.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      March 15, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Jesus

      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!!!~ .....

      March 15, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      March 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Things change prayer.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things,
      Proven ."

      You've been proven a LIAR over and over again on this blog.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • just sayin

      When you post the Truth first in response the drivel afterward is useless.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:45 am |
  18. Keith

    Hey Tom, Tom, Have you figured out that the news is contrived yet? Case in point, NBC and CBS both did a story on cervical cancer(at the same time) and also a story about welcoming home veterans at an airport(at the same time). Now out of all the topics in whole wide world to "report", don't you find it just a bid odd that all the major propaganda, er I mean news outlets have the same stories? Just like Hitler giving his talking points to Goebbels and then to the German people. Have you figured this out yet, Tommie? Didn't think so.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hasn't your shrink adjusted your meds yet, honey? You might need to get a second opinion on that case of paranoia you've got.

      Meanwhile, I notice you are responding to my posts and therefore I'm betting you know you were wrong in declaring that Obama is Muslim.

      As if any sane person doesn't already know that.

      March 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Keith

      If he walks like muslim, bows to a muslim, he's a muslim.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do show how a Muslim "walks", Keith. Post a video.

      Never mind. I doubt anyone reading here has any doubt as to your mental instability.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • bubble gum

      meds people......................take your meds before posting comments

      March 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Keith

      And don't forget: a forged birth certificate and phony draft card. But like I said, perhaps the abysso doesn't issue birth certificates.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just back away from Keith, everyone, SLOWLY!!!

      Don't let him notice you! Just stay calm and move back...the men in the white coats are on their way...no need to panic.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Keith

      Answer me this Tom:
      1) Did Israel bomb a Syrian nuclear plant in the fall of 2007? Yes/No.
      2)Name at least three major American media outlets that covered the story the day it happend and the following days and weeks?
      Answers:
      1) Yes.
      2) None. But if any did-they quickly stopped discussing it on orders from someone.
      PM Gordon Brown later said how the story was repressed because if the world had realized how close we came to WW lll, there would have been global panic. So, Tommy, do you still trust your "snopes" and the media in general to give you the "truth"? You may step right up to the feed trough and dig in. I will skeptically sit back and analyze the contents first.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Keith

      Tommy, Now you step up and gleefully devour the slop in the trough. Mmmm. Mmmm. Forged birth certifcate and phony draft card. I know you won't do it, but watch the 1 hour and 20 minute press conference of Sheriff Joe. How do you explain away the evidence? The silence from the American media is deafening. They are accessories to a crime by turning their backs on this. It is sinister. Even Pravda is mocking THEM.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • Keith

      Allow the Bible to shed a little light on the sham you are witnessing:
      2Th 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

      2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

      2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

      2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:02 am |
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