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Pakistan bans use of the word “Jesus” in text messages
Vatican Insider ^ | November 21, 2011

Posted on 11/23/2011 7:25:54 AM PST by NYer

According to the head of telecommunications, the word “Jesus” needs to be added to the list of 1600 forbidden words, which have been banned because they are considered obscene

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There is no room for Jesus on Pakistani cell phones. According to Vatican news agency Fides, the latest wild dictate has come from the Head of Telecommunications: It is forbidden to write the name of “Jesus Christ” in text messages. Mobile phone companies have been ordered to block text messages that contain certain words considered vulgar, obscene or harmful in terms of meaning and modesty. “Jesus Christ” and “Satan” are among the 1600 banned words (many are of a sexual nature). Companies have seven days to implement the provision, but Christian Churches and organisations for human rights in Pakistan have declared war.

 

Fr. John Shakir Nadeem, Secretary of the Episcopal Conference’s “Commission for Social Communications”, announced to Fides news agency that: “the Catholic Church in Pakistan will do all it can to put pressure on the government to eliminate Christ’s name from the list of banned words. We understand the desire to protect the minds of young people by creating a list of obscene words. But why should Christ’s name be included? What makes it obscene? Banning it would be a violation of our right to evangelise and it hurts the feeling of Christians. If the ban is confirmed, it will constitute a dark moment in the country’s history; a further act of discrimination against Christians and a clear violation of the Pakistani Constitution. We hope the government will make the opportune amendments.”

 

A number of human rights and citizens’ freedom organisations, such as “Bytes for All” have stated that they will contest the order in court. They say “it violates the right to free speech and freedom of expression.” And not only. The ban would be “an intrusion of citizens’ privacy.” Furthermore, according to some associations, not only is the order “oppressive”, but it has “features of unconstitutionality.”

 

The head of telecommunications stated that the freedom of Pakistani people is “subject to limitations stipulated by the law, in the interest of the glory of Islam.” A “glory” that is orwellianly correct.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: jesus; messaging; pakistan; pakitrash

1 posted on 11/23/2011 7:25:57 AM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 11/23/2011 7:26:41 AM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.


3 posted on 11/23/2011 7:32:44 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: NYer

Suppose I am texting my friend Jesus Rivera, a American of Mexican decent who just happens to be on business in Pakistan???


4 posted on 11/23/2011 7:35:13 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: CodeToad
Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.

Can't do that, might be called racist. /sarc

5 posted on 11/23/2011 7:36:16 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: NYer

But, but, Islam is one of the three great Abrahamaic Faiths! They are our spiritual cousins! They revere Jesus as a prophet... how could this be?!


6 posted on 11/23/2011 7:36:24 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: NYer

Samuel L Jackson says use “HeyZeus”


7 posted on 11/23/2011 7:37:18 AM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: NYer
Pakistan leaders are afraid of the word, “Jesus.” Ditto all of Islam. And so is Satan and all his many minions.

That is because there is great power in the word, “Jesus.”

8 posted on 11/23/2011 7:38:54 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: NYer

They’re just following the lead of hundreds of school districts in this country.


9 posted on 11/23/2011 7:39:29 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: NYer

I wonder what cell phone companies are doing business in Pakistan, and support this action? I know as a Christian, I’d pay a little more to a company which has a backbone to ensure freedom for all.


10 posted on 11/23/2011 7:40:00 AM PST by Conductor
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To: unixfox

YEah, that’s true. Islam is a race...to the dark ages.


11 posted on 11/23/2011 7:40:23 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: NYer

It's only natural for them to shy away from the Light.

12 posted on 11/23/2011 7:42:53 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: NYer

Why do the Muslims have to remain so damn backwards, and be such a plague of ignorance on the world? And why do they insist on leaving their hellhole countries, and immediately start turning their new and better surroundings into the same damn hellholes they escaped?


13 posted on 11/23/2011 7:45:43 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: CodeToad
Islam is a race...to the dark ages

What a truly clever line!

14 posted on 11/23/2011 7:45:50 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Rights begin where power ends!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Glad you got that. :)


15 posted on 11/23/2011 7:46:37 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: CodeToad
"Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.

In Christ's name. Amen.

Islam is not just a quasi religion, it is a political party....more of a dictatorship with deadly consequences if not obeyed...it is a criminal enterprise and American Muslims will not come forward and denounce it...they can't if they want to live. America is no place for this home of bogus and oppressive laws.

16 posted on 11/23/2011 7:46:39 AM PST by yoe
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Suppose I am texting my friend Jesus Rivera, a American of Mexican decent who just happens to be on business in Pakistan???

Jesus Rivera is OK. Jesus Christ is forbidden.

17 posted on 11/23/2011 7:46:54 AM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: ZX12R

“Why do the Muslims have to remain so damn backwards, and be such a plague of ignorance on the world? And why do they insist on leaving their hellhole countries, and immediately start turning their new and better surroundings into the same damn hellholes they escaped?”

I’ve wondered the same thing about liberals for some time.


18 posted on 11/23/2011 7:49:04 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: NYer

Oh, Jeeze...........


19 posted on 11/23/2011 7:49:19 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Conductor

“I wonder what cell phone companies are doing business in Pakistan, and support this action?”

Unfortunately, text message filtering is very easy for telcom companies to do and there are well educated Paki engineers willing to make them do it.


20 posted on 11/23/2011 7:53:46 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: NYer

Even if the sender pronounces it Hay-SOOS?


21 posted on 11/23/2011 8:17:28 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: CodeToad

[ Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise. ]

Right after the Democrat Party...


22 posted on 11/23/2011 8:20:55 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: NYer
Perhaps we should stipulate that the word "Islam" is an obscene word. We could use it in many contexts:

"Go Islam yourself, pal!"

"Whoops! Don't step in that steaming pile of Islam."

"I hate having an endoscopy since the doctor sticks a camera up my Islam."

23 posted on 11/23/2011 8:24:41 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: NYer

Wait, I thought the muslims said that Jesus is one of the prophets that they honor too? Oops, there I go again trusting the words that come out of their mouths.


24 posted on 11/23/2011 8:26:39 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: CodeToad
"Islam is a race...to the dark ages."

That is a fantastic line

25 posted on 11/23/2011 8:30:23 AM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: hosepipe

“[ Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise. ]

Right after the Democrat Party...”

That’s becoming one in the same.


26 posted on 11/23/2011 8:46:37 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: NYer

I am encouraged that they fear Him so.


27 posted on 11/23/2011 8:54:46 AM PST by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: NYer
They don't like "Jesus". They're going to have to prohibit more names than that.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

Son of God, Son of man, Christ, Savior, ...

28 posted on 11/23/2011 9:52:31 AM PST by nonsporting
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