Blasphemy laws have some novel consequences. Take the case of this devout fellow who uses his name as a legal weapon.
Pakistani authorities have arrested a doctor on suspicion of violating the country’s contentious blasphemy law by throwing away a business card of a man who shared the name of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, police said Sunday.
The case began Friday when Muhammad Faizan, a pharmaceutical company representative, visited Valiyani’s clinic and handed out his business card. He said when the doctor threw the card away, Faizan went to police and filed a complaint that noted his name was the same as the prophet’s.
If mere business cards with a holy name written on them must be treated with reverence and respect, well, I’m just going to have to get my favorite body parts tattooed with the names of gods and prophets. I’m goin’ for the full Muhammad…I’m afraid a cowardly weenie like Mr Faizan is out of luck, and will have to settle for “Mu”.