September 7th, 2012
05:39 AM ET

Judge in Pakistan grants bail to Christian girl accused of blasphemy

By Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - A Pakistani judge on Friday granted bail to Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl detained over accusations she burned pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the volatile country.

The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, which represents religious minorities in the country, will pay the sum of roughly $10,000 to secure Rimsha's release from jail, said Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of her lawyers and a leading member of the alliance.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Pakistan • Quran

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  1. Reprinted With Permission ©

    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 —

    It ain’t no visiter….so to speak…’tis…the talibans…2 or 3 but Not More.
    We come 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!!!!.

    September 10, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Bob the Bengali

      How funny...and true!!!! LMFAO !!!
      One can visualize the stupid Indian Army hiding scared from talibans abut murdering millions of civilian bengalis on eastern border.

      September 10, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • KK Klaus

      Indian Army sounds to be real cowards. Now that I think about it, how is it possible that a few teenage boys took over a nation of over 1.2billion people with a feww BB guns !!!! Can you believe it !!!!!! ROFL !!!!!!! Where the heck was the army, airforce, special forces ?????

      September 10, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  2. Imam Bhikhari Al bukhari Kwajalenewala

    Allah O Akbar Allah O Akbar. We Pakistani muslims are taking the center stage of the world. We are heros in the eyes of Muslims brothers around the world who can fight against all Western Super Powers combined. Pakistan has become a grave yard for many Super Powers.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Richard

      Pakistan is a mess. The country has no stability and averages 1 Prime Minister for each year of independence. You're military is funded by America. The ease with which the USA continually invades Pakistani airspace with drones and helicopters (see raid on bin laden) means you are a non-factor militarily. You are also traitors for knowing where Bin Laden was and protecting him instead of handing him over.

      September 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Mohammad A Dar

    Word Pak is based on Latin word Puki, Pe or Pa, Te, or Ta, meaning from stomach and throat base word for Sick in English, Upchuck, blowing chunks or spewing, meaning, worshiping at the porcelain thrown or a sweaty, infection of puke absolute, such as flu, or Food poisoning, in disregard diarrhea or Montezuma’s revenge, Word Stan is based on Latin word Satan, Se or Sa, Tan, or Ten, meaning land. Pakistan, denier of truth absolute 360* filthy gutter land of puking people.

    September 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  4. Why?

    It is haram (un-Islamic) to bath everyday in Muslims. Why?

    September 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Shaheebjada

      South Asian Muslims shower only for the Jummah Namaz, which is Friday. Mon-Thur and Sat & Sun, they just wipe clean to conserve water. I believe there were no running water in areas where Muslims lived like deserts.

      September 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Why?

      Thanks for the explanation Shaheebjada!! but one complain, Muslims smell so badly, you can't stand next to them. Something to think about re-writing religious practice of once a week shower rule!!! Good luck Muslims, meanwhile, please put some perfumes.

      September 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  5. Julius Kathwari_Bareilly_Hindustan

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

    September 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  6. Pastor Srimurthi Prithivraj

    INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka Gandhi banging boys at night (two at a time) and spinning wheels during daytime.

    September 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Hank

      Gandhi is a disgrace to Indian nation. A pedophile wrapped in white bedsheet terrorizing underage boys in the name of peace.

      September 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Swami Krishna Kumar Murti

    Hindu smell bad like sh!t because Lord Hanuman (our god with a elephant nose) curse hindus for banging his sister.

    September 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Pandit Ram Singh Bedi_Amritsar_India

      We Sikhs make Hindus take a bath in a nearby sewer treatment plant before they enter Golden Temple to eat free food. Believe me, they smell so bad that the treatment plant smells like perfume compared to them. In the name of our Lord Guru Nanak.

      September 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  8. Imam Haqqani Al Mushtafa Saheed

    You Kafeer are funny. What do Afriken and Indian know 'bout our S'mell? In Riyadh, we have swimin' pool size of Olympec. W'e make all our members to swim through the pool before they enter our mosque. Bas.tards (PBUH) smell like sheep.

    September 9, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  9. Reality


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
    Some added references to "tink-erbells".


    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

    For added information see the review at:


    September 9, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  10. tuvia

    מלחמה בלתי נגמרת

    September 8, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  11. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion in less than a minute: – tis amazing how easy this is.

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    September 8, 2012 at 7:51 am |
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      September 8, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • ....


      September 8, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    September 8, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. 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

      September 8, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • just sayin

      There is a joy and wonderment in prayer known to but a few. Know that as this day endures that joy is there for you. God bless

      September 8, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  13. Keith

    What an absolutely Satanic-inspired religion, straight from the bowels of hell. We don't want your stinking sharia here in America. What kind of people are you that manufacture false charges against girl with Downs Syndrome, anyway?

    September 8, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  14. ScottCA

    Morality Hitchslap

    September 8, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  15. ScottCA


    September 8, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  16. ScottCA


    September 8, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Ding Dong Ali

      are you serious? The guy is reading something from big a.ss book and do you think he is stu.pid?

      September 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  17. Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes sane people into idiots talking to people who don't exist.

    September 8, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  18. I killed Jesus


    September 8, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    September 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. 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

      September 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    Why do all hindus smell like sh!t?

    September 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Blue

      What kind of BS post is that? If they smell bad it's probably from standing too close to you!

      September 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • Louis Drummond

      I sat next to one India man on a Delta Airlines flight to bombay and puked all the way. Honestly. There were no empty seats to move to. Sorry that is the fact and I am not being a racist

      September 8, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Sammy J.

      Me too! i was on an Emirates flight to Dubai from JFK and as luck would have it i had to sit next to an indian dude from New Delhi. I am a telling you I fainted from the smell of this person!!!!

      September 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Louis Drummond

      oh by the way, I was a good samaritan, I cleaned up his chuncks every time he puked on me, seriously. It was fun !!

      September 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm |

      @Blue, sorry I put the wrong way. Hey everyone has body oders!!?? We Pakistani muslims are no better either since we muslims wash our a.ss ONLY on Friday!! One winter I put my jacket, which wasn't washed for two or three winters, it smelled so bad, my company had to dechlorinate the entire building. So just to let you know, I am not a racist, me smell bad too. Very bad.

      September 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Oosthuizen_South Africa

      My boss in Durban used to hand out free lifebouy soaps to all India workers so that they can wash up several times a day. Otherwise they stunk like a skunk

      September 9, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Imam Haqqani Al Mushtafa Saheed

      You Kafeer are funny. What do Afriken and Indian know 'bout our body S'mell??? In Riyadh, we have a swimin' pool size of Olympec. W'e make all our South A'sian moslems to swim through the pool before they enter our city. Bas.tards (PBUH) smell like sheep. Hehehehehe. We Arab are clean moslems, A'sian are smelly moslems. Hehehehhe.

      September 9, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Swami Krishna Kumar Murti

      Yes we very bad smell...it is hindu DNA. Hindu bad people. They eat cow dung. So they smell like that.

      September 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Balkaran Tanwari Singh_Louisiana

      When Hindu come to my temple they need to take a shower in nearby pig sty bfore they come. Why? because they come for free food we make but they smell so bad everyone starts to vomit.

      September 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
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