Pakistani politicians initiate debate to amend the blasphemy law

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(Agenzia Fides) The debate to amend the controversial “blasphemy law”, composed of the articles of the Penal Code that punish with life imprisonment or the death penalty insults against Islam has begun in the Pakistani Senate. It was Muslim Senator Farhatullah Baber, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party and representative of the Special Committee of the Pakistani Senate on human rights, to introduce the theme to look for ways to stop the abuse of …

Christian Mom Asia Bibi’s Final Appeal of Death Sentence for Her Faith Set to be Heard in Just Days

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(ACLJ) The Supreme Court of Pakistan is finally scheduled to hear Asia Bibi’s case in just five days. Asia, a Christian mother of five, has been in prison for seven years for allegations of blasphemy, facing execution by hanging. Her co-workers alleged that she blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad’s name. According to Pakistan’s constitution, all laws must be consistent with Sharia, Islamic law. True to its constitution, Pakistan’s penal code punishes any insult to the Islamic …

U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution

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“This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists … I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn’t, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired” — Newt Gingrich, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives. “The U.S. insists that Muslims are the primary victims …

Paris Mayor Awards Honorary Citizenship to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian on Death Row

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Abigail Frymann Rouch for The Tablet, reports the Council of Paris, the governing body of the French capital, on Tuesday unanimously adopted a proposal by the city’s socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo to award honorary citizenship to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who has been on death row since 2010. Mrs Bibi, mother of five, was condemned to death for blasphemy after her Muslim co-workers objected to her drinking from the same water as them and …

Pakistani Christian Hearts Are Breaking- VOP condemns murder of Christian couple

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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Tuesday, 4 Nov. 2014, the news was very dark for Pakistan.  Pakistani Christians are in grave danger, and today their hearts are breaking. In the town of Kasur (Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan) province of Punjab, Shahzad Masih(28) and his pregnant wife Shama(25) were brutally tortured, thrown into a brick kiln furnace and burned to death in an act of sheer barbarism by a vicious mob. The couple had three …

Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecution of Christians: March 2014

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Why is the U.S. downplaying or denying attacks against Christians? “What about the churches which were desecrated? Is this not blasphemy? Where is justice?” — Fr. James Channan OP, Director of The Peace Center, Lahore, Pakistan. Members of the Islamic group al-Shabaab publicly beheaded the mother of two girls, ages 8 and 15, and her cousin after discovering they were Christians. The girls “were witnesses to the slaughter.” — Somalia. “Christian teaching is extremely harmful to …

Breaking: PAKISTAN – Asia Bibi’s case disappears from the list of hearings, the possibility of an appeal diminishes

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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – The first hearing of the appeal for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, will not take place today, 27th May, and no one knows if and when it will be scheduled again. This was reported to Fides Agency by the lawyers engaged in the defense team of women. Speaking to Fides Agency, the lawyer, Naeem Shakir, one of the lawyers defending Asia Bibi, does not hide his …

Police, Islamic Extremists in Pakistan Hunt for Christian Accused of ‘Blasphemy’

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SOURCE Young evangelist in hiding denies charges, sources say. ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Police and a banned Islamic extremist group in Lahore, Pakistan are searching for a young Christian accused of blasphemy – with the extremist group calling for his death – after he sought to correct misconceptions about Christianity in a Muslim book, sources said. Sources close to Adnan Masih, 26, said he believes that if he turns himself in, he will be killed …