Pakistan

Without Authority, There Is No Freedom

Dr. Ben Carson offers some badly needed wisdom when he speaks about the vandalism, looting, and other forms of anti-social behavior that seem to be escalating in the United States. The remedy to the problem, he states, lies within the family. Unfortunately, “it is almost politically incorrect to talk about family values,” he told Fox [...]

Religious Freedom vs. Religious Feelings

After nine years in prison, a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court in mid-October. Almost immediately, however, massive street rallies and protests organized by Tehreek-e-Labaik—the anti-blasphemy party—forced the government to reconsider. The government agreed to ban Asia Bibi from leaving the country, and it agreed to allow her blasphemy acquittal [...]

Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan: Symbols of Islamic Fanaticism

Mumtaz Qadri, a former elite commando and murderer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was convicted and finally hanged on March 1, 2016 in Pakistan. Qadri killed Governor Taseer on January 4, 2011 over his opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Pakistan is among 15 Islamic countries across the globe where blasphemy laws are enforced. In all [...]

And the Winner is… Islam

  For the 30 years since The McLaughlin Group began to run on network television, the Christmas and New Year's shows have been devoted to the conferring of annual awards. The first award on the Christmas show is "Biggest Winner." This year, clearly, one of the world's big winner was — Islam. For this was [...]

Why Not Huntsman?

  He's a responsible, well-spoken adult with a good record in office, a soothing style, bipartisan appeal and ample knowledge of the world beyond our shores. But Jon Huntsman, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, somehow imagines he can overcome those handicaps. He's running at 2 percent in the polls, but working in his [...]

India, Pakistan, and Unintended Consequences

When you get into discussions about the Middle East with certain people, you start hearing that the great mistake was the partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. If that had somehow just not happened, you hear, everything would be all right. That's not my view. I think the [...]

Scottish Cardinal criticizes UK’s foreign aid to Pakistan

The Catholic News Agency reports that the Archbishop of Edinburgh has criticized the U.K.'s "anti-Christian foreign policy" after the government announced it would double aid to Pakistan without conditions. Cardinal Keith O'Brien said: Foreign Secretary William Hague should “obtain guarantees from foreign governments before they are given aid,” ensuring that Christians and other religious minorities [...]

Catholic politician in Pakistan murdered for criticizing blasphemy law

Last month I blogged about Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic politician in Pakistan who had been courageously speaking out against the anti-blasphemy laws in that country, even in the face of death threats. "I follow the principles of my conscience, and I am ready to die and sacrifice my life for the principles I believe,” he [...]

Standing up to the blasphemy law in Pakistan

God bless Shahbaz Bhatti, "Pakistan's leading Catholic politician," who has said he won't stop speaking out against Pakistan's blasphemy laws, even after receiving death threats: Bhatti, Minister for Minorities and the first Christian to hold a cabinet post in Pakistan, has received multiple death threats. He said during a trip to Canada: “I have been [...]

Pope Benedict makes himself even more popular abroad

Pope Benedict addressed a gathering of diplomats to the Holy See yesterday, urging them to encourage religious freedom in their home countries: The Pope asked the representatives of 178 countries, as well as of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the European Community and the Knights of Malta, to examine how well their own countries respected the [...]

Flood waters and trickling aid in Pakistan

Pakistan is suffering from its worst flooding in decades, leaving 1,500 dead and displacing  many millions more. The UN says that the number of people suffering from the ongoing rains could top the the 2004 tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the earthquake in Haiti combined: They estimate that 13 million Pakistanis have been displaced [...]

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