Before you read the article below, here is some more info about Asia Bibi, She was first sentenced to death by stoning. Its is alleged that the charges against here are made up. And she has already been declared innocent from one Pakistani official and some Pakistani officials have called for a repeal of the blasphemy laws that are being used to justify killing Asia Bibi for alleged blasphemy. I got this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the president of Pakistan monday, from a blog-post I cannot now find, and sent a simple message saying “Please let Asia Bibi Live”!
WILL YOU PLEASE DO THE SAME?
by Eric Dondero
This is about the most outrageous story you will hear this Thanksgiving weekend. And we ask that you turn that rage into action.
Asia Bibi is a mother of two (photo below), and a field worker from the Punjab Province in Pakistan. She is a Christian.
She has been in prison for 15 months, and is now facing a death sentence for the crime of Blasphame of Islam.
Christians persecuted in Muslim lands
SlantRight blogspot explains her alleged “crime”:
Blasphemy is usually related to insulting Islam, Mohammed or the Islamic deity Allah.
Bibi’s blasphemy is based on her being directed to fetch water by a village elder from a well. How in the world did Bibi become charged for blasphemy for merely getting water out of a well? She drew water from a Muslim well. GASP! How dare a 45 year old Christian Pakistani mother get charged for blasphemy for going to a Muslim well? The MUSLIMS were offended and stated that they could no longer draw water from a well contaminated by Christian hands. The act of drawing water from a Muslim well then offended Islam because Bibi was a Christian.
On Monday, Bibi received a Death Sentence from a Pakistani Court for the crime of fetching water as a Christian for Muslim women.
The Pope intervenes
There has been a huge outcry worldwide since the sentencing, from Australia to Western Europe to Canada to the United States. Groups such as the Pakistani British Assoc. and Christian Solidarity Worldwide are blasting the sentence, and the Pakistani Government for inaction. Pope Benedict XVI has even intervened on her behalf. (Photo below Pope meeting with Pres. Zadari).
CSW’s Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said, “Asia Bibi should never have been charged with blasphemy in the first place and her sentence is a tragic reminder of the continued abuse of the blasphemy laws and the underlying weaknesses in Pakistan’s justice system. Deeply-rooted problems of prejudice, inefficiency, corruption, and under-resourcing are amplified in blasphemy cases, and even more so for religious minorities. As a prisoner, Asia Bibi’s experience behind bars is made worse by the fact that she is a Christian, a woman and a blasphemy defendant – each of which increases the likelihood of abusive treatment. Injustices of this kind will continue to occur until such time as the blasphemy laws are repealed and practical measures are taken to render the rule of law meaningful in Pakistan.”
President Zardari backing down to Radical Islamist pressure
The Pakistani Government is not flinching fearful of a huge Islamist backlash if they lift the sentence.
CNN reports this morning, “Pakistani President urged not to Pardon Christian Woman”:
Two prominent Pakistani Muslim leaders threatened Wednesday to call for nationwide protests if the president pardons a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
“If the president pardons Asia Bibi, we will raise our voices across the country until he is forced to take his decision back,” nationally known mufti Muneer Ur Rehman said.
CNN also notes that Pakistan is 96% Muslim. And for the Pakistani President and his People’s Party to give leniency to Asia Bibi could cause them to lose power in the Parliament in coming elections.
Obama Administration stalling
The Christian Conservative blog Freedomist.com reports that the Obama Administration has done absolutely nothing to protect Asia Bibi, or to lodge a protest with the Pakistani Government.
Says Freedomist contributor Paul Collier:
Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State, so WHY is she doing absolutely NOTHING to help save a woman from being HUNG because of her religious convictions?
Asia Bibi faces death by hanging because she was accused of “blaspheming” the prophet Muhammad. Sentencing people to death for speaking words against your religion, which Asia DENIES having even done, is a serious breach of any standards of civilized behavior or respect for human dignity and human rights, yet NO CHRISTIAN organization or ministry is making this a big issue, and few of the so-called “right” are championing this cause.
Collier is right. Few on the right outside of Christian Conservatives are championing this cause. As a libertarian I am ashamed to say that zero of my fellow libertarians are even talking about it.
Please help by spreading the word to other freedom lovers on your website or blog, texting, Twitter, in emails and other communications. And if you have a Pakistani immigrant friend tell them to take action and to urge President Zadari to give a full pardon to Asia Bibi. Finally, pressure your Democrat friends, relatives and associates to tell Hillary Clinton to act today to Free Asia Bibi!