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Protect all the sentiments

What goes around comes around department.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple, an intriguing twist for a country where harsh laws governing religious insults are primarily used against supposed offenses to Islam, not minority faiths.

And where the whole point of the country itself has always been that it’s not Hindu. That was the point of partition. India was secular but also majority-Hindu, so Pakistan was to be the opposite. How sad to see its laws used to protect Hindu “religious sentiments.”

Police officer Mohammad Hanif said Sunday the anti-Hindu attack took place Sept. 21. The government had declared that day a national holiday — a “Day of Love for the Prophet” — and called for peaceful demonstrations against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world. Those rallies took a violent turn in Pakistan, and more than 20 people were killed.

Hanif said dozens of Muslims led by a cleric converged on the outskirts of Karachi in a Hindu neighborhood commonly known as Hindu Goth. The protesters attacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple, broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, and beat up the temple’s caretaker, Sindha Maharaj.

Nostalgia for 1947 was it?

One wonders why the people in question couldn’t just be charged with vandalism and assault.

Comments

  1. fastlane says

    The protesters attacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple, broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, and beat up the temple’s caretaker, Sindha Maharaj.

    I dunno, I think we should apply their own laws to them. You know what they like to do to people who desecrate the Koran, right?

    Respect indeed…the only thing religion deserves is scorn. Some (a lot) of the people might be ok, but it’s in spite of their religion, not because of it.

  2. Pierce R. Butler says

    … a Hindu neighborhood commonly known as Hindu Goth.

    Normally, I don’t give a rat’s fig about fashion, but I’d really like to see what kind of stylin’ goes down there…

  3. anthrosciguy says

    And a “day of love for the prophet” and protest against a film from the USA made by rightwing Christians leads to destroying Hindu property… just how is that, guys? I’m sure the cleric involved could explain this readily.

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