Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christian Mother Of Five Sentenced To Death On Fabricated Blasphemy Charges-Pakistan

A Christian mother of five has been sentenced to death on fabricated blasphemy charges in Pakistan.   Fabricated blasphemy charges against Christians by muslims in Pakistan are routine, ever since Pakistan instituted the blasphemy law. 
  • "This shameful law - said the Muslim scholar, director of the Centre for Society and Secularism - are used with impunity against minority religious communities by those motivated by personal enmity, by those motivated by monetary material or political gain or even land grabbing  Even indirect inferences are drawn and the accused is arrested under Blasphemy Law….there is nothing religious about".
All you have to do is a quick scan of Asia, now reporting that a Christian woman has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, or Bos News Life to learn of the horrible treatment of Christians in Pakistan by muslims, and for the most part,  overlooked by the government.

Asia reports that:

Some of the women workers had reportedly been pressuring Bibi to renounce her Christian faith and accept Islam. During one discussion, Bibi responded by speaking of how Jesus had died on the cross for the sins of humanity and asking the Muslim women what Muhammad had done for them.
The Muslim women took offence and began beating Bibi. Afterwards she was locked in a room. According to Release International, a mob reportedly formed and “violently abused” her and her children.
According to the National Commission on Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church, the blasphemy law has often been used as a pretext for personal attacks or vendettas as well as extra-judicial murders. Overall, 33 people have died this way at the hands of individuals or crazed mobs.

Also reporting on this story is

Pakistan (ChattahBox World News) — A Pakistani court handed down a sentence of death by hanging yesterday for Asia Bibi, a mother of five who practices Christianity,and was accused of blasphemy, the UK Telegraph reports.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.  Matthew 24:9
The 45-year-old, who has been held in prison since June 2009, was working alongside Muslims in a field as a farmhand when her co-workers refused to drink the water that she had brought for the group, saying that it was “unclean” due to Bibi’s belief in Christianity. A fight ensued, during which a mob attacked Bibi and the police escorted her to a station to protect her.
Police subsequently filed a blasphemy case against her, the Telegraph reports. Human rights groups have noted that the information put forth during the trial indicates that Bibi did not speak ill of the Prophet Mohammed, but the court still found her guilty, sparking accusations of Pakistani discrimination due to Bibi’s status as a religious minority.
Please pray for this courageous Christian sister  that our Lord will vindicate her  and protect her as she gives witness to Him who died to save her.  In addition, please contact the US State Department and ask them to protect this Christian sister and her family.

UPDATE: Related Story: Campaign To Save Asia Bibi Captures Attention Of President Asif Ali Zardi

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