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.
Christians protesting blasphemy laws
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.

"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.)


Unknown said...

What the hell is going on in my country! Its sad that this is not an isolated case. Majority of people accused of blasphemy ARE illiterate and can't even answer a phone let alone type a text. Its just sad......
Recently another ahmedi doctor from USA was killed in Pakistan, whom i knew personally.
I don't know if there's an end to this but i pray that either this ends quick or my LORD JESUS comes sooner...Ameen

Dacritic said...

Have you guys seen this?

"If they eat pork, it's hard to guide them to the right path."

Sometimes I'm just astonished with the amount of.. ego these people have. Someone once asked on ABN for David and Sam to debate in Indonesia. I would like to see you guys come to Malaysia as well but I'm can guess what sort of reaction your presence would bring.

christ follower said...

I know how Muslim discriminate to Christian in Pakistan. I have been through that . When I came in UK I was surprised that Muslim people have equal rights and in Pakistan where we Christians live for long time ,serving the country but still getting treatment as slave.

Unknown said...

sam i love you man , jesus bless you and keep it up brother you doing a good job i wish every christian doing like you thats the ways it should be done like you

god bless you

love from afgansithan dealing with these muslin but we got love from them

johann USA special force from afganisthan.
love you man and love for David wood