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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Something I didn't know...

It's said "You learn something new every day". Here's something I always kinda 'knew' but didn't really have any proof of. I was noodling around on the internet tonight, studying Pakistani law, (what else would I be doing?) and stumbled across something of interest. It's pretty self explanatory, and I tried to copy and paste the relevant text, though some of the formatting is lost. This is quite eye-opening:



An Act further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, part 1, 12th October 1986)

The following Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the President on the 5th October, 1986 and is hereby published for general information:

Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860) and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1893), for the purposes hereinafter appearing:

It is hereby enacted as follows:

Short title and commencement
This Act may be called the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1986.
It shall come into force at once.
Insertion of new section 295-C, Act XLV of 1860. In the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860), after section 295-B, the following new section shall be inserted, namely:
Use of derogatory remarks, etc. in respect of the Holy Prophet. Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."
Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898. In the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), in Schedule II, after the entries relating to section 295-A, the following new entries shall be inserted, namely:
Defiling, etc of copy of Holy Quran,
May arrest without warrant
Imprisonment for life
Court of Session
Use of derogatory remarks, etc. in respect of the Holy Prophet
Death, or imprisonment for life, and fine
Court of Session which shall be presided over by a Muslim


SO, in Pakistan, if one would say anything bad about the prophet Mohammed by "words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly", you'd be "punished with death". The punishment for saying, or even suggesting, anything negative about Mohammed is the death penalty (or life imprisonment). Just so you know I'm not making this up, I checked it out in Wikipedia:

There's the link for y'all. It's not that I didn't believe the 'martyrs by the millions' stories. I just was unaware that there is nationally binding legislation in ANY country that makes it one's duty and national responsibility to kill Christians (or imprison them for life). I always thought that the proliferation of martyrs were strictly results from Islamic teachings, not official legislature...though in many countries in the 10/40 window, the Islamic teachings and the national legislature are inseperable. (I understand that...)

I guess I need to start praying a lot more seriously for Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, and much of the Middle East. They're killing those who love Jesus, and only because they don't love Mohammed...and it's a national legislated activity. Wowzer.

I heard about this site and thought it was kinda a silly gimmick of a site:

Now I know it's serious. Some sobering food for thought. Until Next Time,

The Armchair Theologian

Editors note - I don't have a computer right now, so my blogging is done from either my roomie's compie (when he's gone) or work, after work (when I have a spare hour or less). I'll keep on with the cessationism thread that some of you are waiting on, but it's going to be a month...probably. I'll start working on something and keep it as a word document on my memory stick, when that thing arrives in the mail. God bless.


Blogger Behemoth101 said...

Prosecuting Islamic apostasy or blasphemy does not equate to hating Christians.

You certainly jump to some conclusions on that one.

7:35 AM

Blogger The Armchair Theologian said...

You're right. Prosecuting Islamic blasphemy doesn't equate to hating Christians...

...Muslims LOVE Christians and embrace their religious diversity. I'm an idiot.

But seriously, you ARE right. There's not a 1-to-1 relation between Islamic blasphemy laws and the hating of Christians. But of the hundreds of Christians that are imprisoned and beheaded for simply BEING Christians, not one of them is persecuted and killed AGAINST the laws of Pakistan.

9:15 AM


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