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Punjab: Christian couple touches Qur‘an with dirty hands, gets 25 years in prison
Asia News ^ | 04/24/2010 | Fareed Khan

Posted on 04/25/2010 8:28:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Islamabad (AsiaNews) – A court in Kasur district, Punjab, convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), judge Ajmal Hussein convicted the couple for touching the Qur‘an without washing their hands.

Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were released on bail last January, but were re-arrested after the judge ruled against them. The husband was locked up in Kasur’s district prison; the wife was sent to the women’s prison in Multan. Both have started serving 25 years behind bars.

CLAAS, an association that fights for the rights of the poor and marginalised, said that the couple was accused of “contaminating” the Qur‘an when they touched it “without washing their hands”.

The incident, which dates back to December 2008, unleashed the fury of Muslim extremists who put pressure on police. Unconfirmed reports suggest that extremists paid off police agents to discover “new evidence” to justify the sentence.

At the end of the police investigation, husband and wife were charged with blasphemy.

The blasphemy law is the harshest tool for religious repression available in Pakistan. It was adopted in 1986 by then dictator Zia ul-Haq to protect Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, from attacks and insults.

In fact, it is actually comprised of sections 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which respectively punish with life in prison anyone who defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Qur‘an, and imposes the death penalty on anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad.

In the last two months, there were two more convictions against Christians in Pakistan.

On 11 January, a court in Faisalabad sentenced Imran Masih, a 26-year-old Christian man, to life imprisonment for insulting and desecrating the Koran. He was accused of deliberately burning Qur‘anic verses and an Arabic book in order “foment interfaith hatred and hurt the feelings of Muslims.”

On 25 February, a court in Karachi sentenced Qamar David, also a Christian, to life imprisonment for hurting the religious feelings of Muslims when he sent blasphemous SMS.

CLAAS announced that it was filing an appeal with the High Court in Lahore to have the 25-year sentence against Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi overturned.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christianity; islam; koran; muslims; muslimworld; pakistan; pakistanichristians; persecution; quran

1 posted on 04/25/2010 8:28:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Can someone show me news of people from “Christian” nations imprisoning someone for mistreating the Bible?


2 posted on 04/25/2010 8:30:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Personally, I wouldn’t touch a Koran. There’s not enough Purell on the planet.

http://joytiz.com/2010/islam-rising-civilzation-falling/


3 posted on 04/25/2010 8:31:24 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: SeekAndFind

How many people have touched a koran in American bookstores without washing their hands first?


4 posted on 04/25/2010 8:34:20 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: SeekAndFind
What you see in cases like these is just how incredibly superstitious and into magic your typical Moslem really is.

One of today's news stories is about how many billions of dollars Moslems spend on pure witchcraft!

Now, please excuse me, I have a dozen Korans to defile today ~ they are for sale in a nearby bookstore ~ on open shelves. Why just anyone could go in there and do just anything ~ so any of you Moslems out there reading this thread it's your fault for stirring this up.

5 posted on 04/25/2010 8:35:04 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: jazminerose

Islam is pure evil.


6 posted on 04/25/2010 8:35:04 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: kalee

I came home one day from work and some missionary-type had left a copy of the Koran attached to my screen door.


7 posted on 04/25/2010 8:36:19 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Islam is Evil....what else is there to say


8 posted on 04/25/2010 8:36:28 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD Hayworth for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Coming to a country near you soon...


9 posted on 04/25/2010 8:36:54 AM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: SeekAndFind

Islam is evil.


10 posted on 04/25/2010 8:38:44 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012 (Remember May 20th is "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day"))
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To: nolongerademocrat

No, no, no. It’s the religion of peace and love. Right?


11 posted on 04/25/2010 8:39:28 AM PDT by RC2
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To: SeekAndFind

12 posted on 04/25/2010 8:39:51 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Don't think of work as 5 days on, 2 days off. Instead think 4 nights on, 3 off.)
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To: ez
"Coming to a country near you soon..."

Mexico? lol

13 posted on 04/25/2010 8:40:06 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: SeekAndFind

This has me thinking about an art project...


14 posted on 04/25/2010 8:42:02 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: RC2

Ummmm, you tell me:

Islam in Zanzibar - kidnapping and forced conversions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX7iWFqUQyg


15 posted on 04/25/2010 8:43:09 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: 1rudeboy

What did you do with it?


16 posted on 04/25/2010 8:45:01 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: SeekAndFind
Don't forget, friends: May 20th has been declared Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. If you can't draw, appropriate someone else's cartoon. Display it proudly. Those who have websites should post their cartoons for general enjoyment.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Curmudgeon Emeritus of Eternity Road

17 posted on 04/25/2010 8:46:19 AM PDT by fporretto (This tagline is programming you in ways that will not be apparent for years. Forget! Forget!)
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To: kalee
How many people have touched a koran in American bookstores without washing their hands first?

Don't give me any ideas...


18 posted on 04/25/2010 8:46:44 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 458 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: kalee

I put it on the shelf next to my other one, in the Religion section of my library. It was a nicer copy.


19 posted on 04/25/2010 8:46:59 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Really reminds you of the Pharisees, doesn’t it?


20 posted on 04/25/2010 8:47:35 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SeekAndFind

But Muzzies have a constitutional right to work work in a restaurant handling your food without washing their hands.


21 posted on 04/25/2010 8:48:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Can someone show me news of people from “Christian” nations imprisoning someone for mistreating the Bible?

Yes, I can provide an example. It is the United States. It is helping to imprison these Christians by giving massive amount of aid to prop up this regime. When are some freepers going to realize that policing the world only leads to blowback like this?

22 posted on 04/25/2010 8:50:23 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk
"Yes, I can provide an example. It is the United States. It is helping to imprison these Christians by giving massive amount of aid to prop up this regime. When are some freepers going to realize that policing the world only leads to blowback like this?"

I don't think the two are related. Islam has been at war with the west and Christianity since it's inception.

The reason the U.S. is propping up regimes in the Middle East, if you will remember, is because Britain conquered the area during the World Wars and decided to install dictators.

What Britain should have done is installed Christian theocracies, until the culture had so completely changed that they could embrace secular democracies.

We failed to support the Shaw of Iran, and Now Iran is one of the biggest terrorist sponsoring states. How is that blow back?

It's not the policing of the areas. It's the failure to institute significant cultural reform.

23 posted on 04/25/2010 8:57:36 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: fporretto

(l):{>


24 posted on 04/25/2010 8:57:44 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: SeekAndFind
These people are absolutely mad.
25 posted on 04/25/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: jazminerose

During my life there are two books I read and threw in the garbage: Mein Kampf and the Quran.

They’re basically the same book. And it was a pleasure to toss them.


26 posted on 04/25/2010 9:01:08 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: RC2

It’s the religion of SATAN.


27 posted on 04/25/2010 9:07:11 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: SeekAndFind

You really should wear gloves when handling something as vile as a koran.


28 posted on 04/25/2010 9:10:04 AM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The single greatest source of evil on Earth is the demon mohammed, all curses and animal waste be upon him, and his insane blood thirsty cultists.


29 posted on 04/25/2010 9:22:38 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: SeekAndFind

25 years should be long enough to convert those filthy Christians to the religion of peace. If not, then simply behead them. (sarc)


30 posted on 04/25/2010 9:24:05 AM PDT by mtdrake
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To: SeekAndFind

Can you imagine how outrageously the left would react if a Bible belt state (like Tennessee) imposed even a $50 fine for handling a Bible with dirty hands?


31 posted on 04/25/2010 9:25:03 AM PDT by Philo1962 (Iraq is terrorist flypaper. They go there to die.)
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To: rdl6989

“You really should wear gloves when handling something as vile as a koran.”

you could protect yourself by rubbing pork fat on your hands before handling it.


32 posted on 04/25/2010 9:25:38 AM PDT by AndyPH
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To: Beowulf9

These people make the Pharisees look like the Care Bears.


33 posted on 04/25/2010 9:33:35 AM PDT by Cymbaline (Bipartisan consensus - that's like when my doctor and my lawyer agree with my wife that I need help.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Considering Bibles are carried by soldiers in the field, you can be assured God doesn’t mind if it gets excessive use.


34 posted on 04/25/2010 9:38:41 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: SeekAndFind

35 posted on 04/25/2010 9:39:09 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did the Nazis throw people in prison for touching Mein Kampf with dirty hands? If they didn’t, this is yet further evidence that Islam is even worse than Nazism (but allied).


36 posted on 04/25/2010 9:48:00 AM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: SeekAndFind

Ild like for the judge to come here to the US to watch me take a crap on a koran.


37 posted on 04/25/2010 10:00:53 AM PDT by diverteach (D.C. has become Jonestown)
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To: SeekAndFind

Touch a Koran with dirty hands: 25 years in prison.

Submerge a Christian cross in urine: Get a grant from the NEA.


38 posted on 04/25/2010 10:21:19 AM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: 1rudeboy

“I came home one day from work and some missionary-type had left a copy of the Koran attached to my screen door.”

Free toilet paper.


39 posted on 04/25/2010 10:45:44 AM PDT by Levante
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

One would almost expect islam began in Ithaca, NY.


40 posted on 04/25/2010 10:47:15 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

You may want to add Dreams from My Father—BHO’s Mein Kampf.


41 posted on 04/25/2010 10:49:34 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: AndyPH
you could protect yourself by rubbing pork fat on your hands before handling it.


42 posted on 04/25/2010 10:54:15 AM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
During my life there are two books I read and threw in the garbage: Mein Kampf and the Quran. They’re basically the same book. And it was a pleasure to toss them.

And yet both would help you to understand a certain national socialist who is an existential threat to America as a free country.

43 posted on 04/25/2010 10:55:31 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Can someone show me news of people from “Christian” nations imprisoning someone for mistreating the Bible?”

No, because our God can defend Himself! You needn’t worry about a Bible being defiled. But I have seen men destroyed for mocking the Word Of God, and they weren’t destroyed by men.

Allah is a wimp. If he existed at all.


44 posted on 04/25/2010 12:33:03 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: kalee

English translations of the “message of the Quran” do not have the holy status of the Koran itself, which is in Arabic, of course. Note that this is two steps removed from the Quran itself, since it’s not a translation of the Quran, but of its “message”.


45 posted on 04/25/2010 3:43:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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