The Blasphemy Of Blasphemy

Christian right wing fundamentalists decry blasphemy and believe those guilty of such statements will spend eternity in Hell. Muslim fundamentalists appear to believe it is their duty to(a) identify those guilty of blasphemy, and (b) send them to Hell. Rimsha Masih, a Pakistan Christian girl who is about 14 was accused by neighbors of burning pages from the Koran. I assume that God decreed that anyone who burns such pages must be immediately killed. This child is part of a small group of Christians living on the outskirts of Islamabad.

A Muslim cleric, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, has been accused of planting the papers in order to blame the girl for blasphemy. We wonder whether in the end the girl will be charged with blasphemy, receive lashes or some other punishment and the cleric will be free to frame other Christians. Just remember,he has a direct line to God or whoever and therefore has the right to send children to their deaths.

OK, you want laws on blasphemy, how about charging those who oppose God’s desire for peace with all humans as the guilty ones?