Here's a radical statement:
People who revere a man who married a young child should not be the go-to authority when it comes to running a country.
You would think that's common sense? However, in Muslim countries like Pakistan the lunatics are obviously running the asylum.
Most of you are aware of the sad story of Rimsha Misah, the 14 year old Christian girl with Down's syndrome who has been accused of blasphemy.
On August 16th she was arrested in her slum on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, and charged with blasphemy after a neighbour and a local cleric claimed that she had burned pages of the Koran. A 500-strong mob swiftly gathered outside her family’s one-room home, causing the whole Christian community of the area to flee in terror of reprisals.The poor girl was held in solitary confinement in an adult facility until this little tidbit of information came to the surface.
Over the weekend one of her accusers, the local imam, was himself arrested and charged with blasphemy, after his deputy said that he had seen the imam tear up pages of the Koran in order to fabricate evidence against the girl.Rimsha's mistreatment by the authorities has brought up concerns in some quarters that the blasphemy law may, well, just be wrong.
But let's not forget that the faith-based loons in Pakistan do not tolerate different points of view on this topic.
In 2011 two of the PPP’s [Pakistan Peoples Party -- the group in charge of the government] leaders were gunned down after criticising the law.