Laws against blasphemy have rarely been about religious dogma. They are, like anti-terrorism statutes, political weapons that are available to intimidate and ensure conformity in the population. The very vagueness of the concepts of terrorism and blasphemy allow them to be interpreted so broadly that almost any action can be interpreted as breaking the law. These weapons are invariably used by the most extreme elements of society.
I wrote earlier about the 12-year old Christian girl in Pakistan who was charged with blasphemy because she allegedly had been found with torn or burnt or otherwise defaced pages of the Koran in her bag. The resulting uproar resulted in her being taken into police custody and about 600 Christians fleeing the area for fear of mob violence against them by enraged Muslims.
In a twist, the imam who first raised the charges by allegedly discovering the act has now been accused of being the one who planted the pages in the girl’s bag in the first place as a means of achieving his desired result of driving the Christians away from that area. Now he is being charged with blasphemy.
Assuming that this new charge holds up, it provides yet one more example of the hypocrisy of religious leaders, because the imam clearly did not fear the wrath of his god for defacing the Koran. He was cynically exploiting blasphemy statutes to achieve a political goal.