Pakistan’s blasphemy laws used to target Bible

Pakistan (MNN) ― Radical Muslim clerics in Pakistan are taking aim at the Bible.

They want the country’s Supreme Court to ban certain passages in Scripture under the country’s notorious “blasphemy” laws. Specifically, Muslims regard certain biblical characters (i.e. Abraham, Isaac, David and Solomon) as prophets, and the Bible’s accounts show them as flawed.

Assertions that Jesus is God, that He died and rose from the dead, and that salvation comes through Him are also falling in conflict with Islamic teachings. Todd Nettleton is a spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs USA. He says the sect that’s making the demands want “at least those sections taken out of the Bible, if not the entire Bible banned in Pakistan. They say that there won’t be trouble as long as the courts act in this case, as long as the courts do what they want them to.”

Within Pakistan’s Penal Code are penalties ranging from a fine to death for “blasphemy.” According to VOM, the law is often misused to target religious minorities, including Christians.

The law is a flashpoint for religious tensions in Pakistan. Just this year, because they supported the repeal of the law, assassins murdered Punjab Province Governor Salman Taseer and Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti. Nettleton adds that the potential for violent reaction is possible. “There is a high level of concern right now in Pakistan because of the Asia Bibi case, because of anti-Christian and anti-American feeling that is the result of the killing of Osama bin  Laden.”