The Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan’s Bishops’ Conference said that a Christian family from Wah Cantt (near Islamabad) was forced to move to an undisclosed location in the country. Their daughter Safad received death threats for allegedly desecrating the Qu‘ran. The Tasneem Dean family was told of “terrible consequences" on the part of Wah Cantt Muslims.
Last July, a Muslim woman accused 16-year-old Safad Tasneem Dean of throwing a copy of the Qu‘ran into a trash bin. An enraged group of Muslims gathered with the intention of burning the girl’s house. They tried to kill her but a group of local elders was able to save her by getting the police to arrest her.
After heated discussions between local Christians and Muslims it was decided that the girl’s father would take her place in prison, but he, too, was released soon after.
Even though no evidence was presented concerning the alleged blasphemy, Safad’s family was forced to move to an undisclosed location.
Adopted in 1986, Pakistan’s Blasphemy law imposes life imprisonment on anyone insulting the Qu‘ran and the death penalty on anyone defiling the name of Mohammed.
Minority and human rights activists have repeatedly called for the law’s repeal. Very often it is used to settle matters between private individuals.
So far tens of Christians have died because of the law. Since 1986, more than 4,000 people have been accused of blasphemy. Currently, some 560 people have been charged and 30 are still waiting for a court decision. The accused have often had to move fearing for their lives and that of their families.
Blasphemy law: death threats against teenage girl forces family to flee
Jewish activists Friday hailed a court ruling that allows Canada to deport German Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel to face prosecution at home.
Zundel, author of "The Hitler We Loved and Why," has been held in a Toronto jail for two years while authorities determined whether he posed a security risk to Canadian society.
Federal Court Justice Pierre Blais said Zundel's activities were not only a threat to national security, "but also a threat to the international community of nations."
Zundel, a leading proponent of white supremacy, claims the Holocaust never happened.
In his 63-page decision released in Ottawa on Thursday, Blais called Zundel a racist hypocrite and said his Toronto home was a "revolving door" for some of the world's most notorious white supremacists who have promoted violence and hatred against Jews and minorities.
"It is time for Zundel's plane to take off. This should mark a closure to the tireless efforts of many to bring Zundel to justice," said Frank Dimant, executive vice president of B'nai Brith of Canada.
Bleached blonde, dressed in a red sweater, a gold necklace with a large hand of Fatima charm hanging around her neck, Dounia Bouzar is ready to debate with anyone on a subject that is close to her heart: what does it mean to be Muslim in a secular society?
According to Bouzar, 40, an anthropologist and educator who has dealt primarily with young people of North African origin, France is in dire need of in-depth reflection on this subject. Her newest book, "Monsieur Islam n'existe pas; Pour une desislamisation des debats" (Mr. Islam doesn't exist; de-islamisizing the discussions), is one of several publications just out in France that examine "la France Musulmane," or Muslim France.
European Union wants to sell Iran an Airbus plane as an incentive to move forward its nuclear talks, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a summit with US President George W Bush on Tuesday, Reuters reported.Translation: we offer them a business deal in the vain hope that they think exactly like us and that will stop their vicious plans to build the bomb.
A participant quoted the German leader as saying the EU needed to offer incentives in non-sensitive goods to make it difficult for Iran to walk out of negotiations for curbing its nuclear program and ending uranium enrichment that could be used to make a bomb.
Schroeder cited as an example selling one Airbus now and raising the prospect of further aircraft deliveries if the talks were concluded successfully, the source said.
As President Bush pressures European allies to get tougher with Iran, NBC News got a rare glimpse inside the country — at an Iranian air show attended by some of the world's leading military contractors eager to do business with America's adversary.There is a video you can watch too.
On the island of Kish, mullahs mixed with Ukrainian generals amid photos of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran's contempt for the United States was clear — emblazoned underneath a helicopter, in Farsi: "Death to America."
It's generally illegal for American companies to do business with Iran. But NBC News found more than a dozen European defense and aviation firms eager to fill the void. Some do business with the Pentagon, yet they were actively selling their wares to Iran.
"We sell to Iran [sic] Air Force," said Francois Leloup from Aerazur, a French company that markets fighter pilot vests, anti-gravity suits and other protective gear for military pilots.
An attorney for the parents of Terri Schiavo say Florida's social services agency is seeking a 60-day delay in the removal of the woman's feeding tube while it investigates new allegations of her abuse and neglect.Better late than never I suppose - her husband has already tried to kill her once with the blessings of the state. I want to believe that the state of Florida won't remove her feeding tube and that the publicity generated for Terri will gain her a pardon from torture and execution - this supposed "right to die" case is nothing less than that. Delay Sought in Schiavo Tube Removal
An election that was not supposed to happen because terrorists and insurgents in Iraq, and their sympathizers in the West, did not want it has produced results that the doomsters that fought to prevent it did not expect.
First, the massive boycott of the polls, predicted by Saddam nostalgics and other members of the Hate-America coalition, did not take place. Last month almost two-thirds of Iraqi voters went to the polls in the first free election in their history.
Now, the final results, announced Sunday, show that the doomsters were wrong a second time.
Lots of things that the opponents of the liberation of Iraq had prayed for did not happen.