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Author Topic: Imran Khan of Pakistan - pragmatic or murderous?


Alcuin
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Imran Khan of Pakistan - pragmatic or murderous?
on: July 13, 2018, 12:05

From:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/09/imran-kahn-accused-over-defence-of-pakistan-blasphemy-laws
...“We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Islamabad on Saturday, referring to the clause of the constitution that mandates the death penalty for any “imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against the prophet Muhammad.

Khan, 65, also directed anger at the rival party in the electoral race, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), by resurfacing controversy over its hastily withdrawn edits to an electoral oath last year, which Islamists deem blasphemous.

Few politicians dare to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: the last to prominently do so, Sen Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated in 2011, and a new political party formed in honour of his killer, Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), has thrust its way into the election campaign, fielding almost as many candidates as the established parties...
Unquote.

Clearly religion doesn't encourage tolerance or tolerate dissent. At least most religionists, (even most Muslims) acknowledge people's right to openly disbelieve and to question religious teachings. Apparently, Pakistan's version of Allah cannot stand the idea of any disbelief or dissent.

From (July 2015):
https://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/28462/is-oh-my-god-going-to-become-oh-my-allah-in-pakistan/
Recently, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved a list proscribing English translations of various Islamic terms such as ‘Allah’, ‘Masjid’, ‘Salaat’, and ‘Rasool’...
All Nawaz Sharif's motivations may not be clear. I have read of people having heated debates over whether the Christian God and Muslim Allah are the same entity! A bunch called The Gospel Coalition wrote as recently as 2016, "The 'Same God' Debate Is Too Important to Leave to Philosophers ... groups are referring to the same entity when there's plenty of reason [to think] otherwise". (Google Search).

There are no such things as gods or fairies.

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