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Jan 28 2014

Elderly Scottish Man Faces Death for Blasphemy

And the carnage from blasphemy laws in the Muslim world continues. An elderly Scottish man is facing the death penalty in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy for supposedly claiming to be a prophet. Because claiming to be a prophet is bad, except for all the people who claimed to be prophets in the past thatyou can’t criticize without being convicted of blasphemy.

An elderly British man faces the death penalty in Pakistan after a court found him guilty of blasphemy.

Muhammad Asghar’s lawyers have argued for leniency, saying he has a history of mental illness – but this was rejected by a medical panel.

The 70-year-old was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to various people claiming to be a prophet, reports say.

Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam

The legal charity Reprieve has called on the Government to help the British grandfather, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Maya Foa, director of Reprieve’s death penalty team, which is supporting Mr Ashgar said he is in “in dire need of medical care.”

“The evidence is clear that he is unable to defend himself in court,” she said.

But it shouldn’t matter that he’s got mental problems. Blasphemy laws are barbaric, full stop.

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  1. 1
    theschwa

    They should sentence him to exile. Throw the bum out of Pakistan! That will really teach him a lesson!

  2. 2
    peterh

    Revealed religions are barbaric. Full stop.

  3. 3
    cottonnero

    In Michigan, calling yourself a prophet got you sent to Ypsilanti, which is punishment enough.

  4. 4
    tommykey

    Ed, with a name like Muhammad Ashgar, he’s No True Scotsman!

  5. 5
    Doug Little

    In Michigan, calling yourself a prophet got you sent to Ypsilanti

    That must be why I feel compelled to move.

  6. 6
    had3

    I’ll bet he could’ve predicted that there wasn’t a single apologist who could successfully argue he is a prophet? Wouldn’t that be proof of his ability?

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