Pakistan—A Christian couple was sentenced to death in Pakistan for committing "blasphemy" via text messages. However, lawyers say this will appeal the ruling, as both the man and woman are illiterate.
Christians protesting blasphemy laws
"We are seriously concerned. Cases like these are common and cause great suffering. We continue to pray, while the issue remains unresolved," Fr. Aloysius Roy, Superior of the Pakistani province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, told Fides News Agency in a report on Monday.
"We express our solidarity, but Christians keep a low profile, because life is full of difficulties and dangers, and for us the first commandment is to survive. Christians are afraid and they move with extreme caution."
Shafqat Emmanuel is reportedly disabled, and his wife, Shagufta Kausar works as a waitress and is unable to read. Both were arrested in July of last year and sentenced to death last month.
Fr. Roy stated, "From the government we expect respect for the law, the rule of law and freedom of worship provided for in the Constitution."
The couple's lawyer say that the Sim card from the phone containing the messages was not registered in the couples name. While the contents of the texts have not been released, lawyers argue that the couple could not possibly have sent the messages, as the couple is illiterate. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Pakistan Sentences Illiterate Christian Couple to Death for Blasphemous Text Messages
Pakistan just sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending blasphemous text messages. The most glaring problem with the ruling is that the couple is illiterate—further proof that Sharia blasphemy laws are used to oppress minorities.