Pakistani Christians live in fear after girl's blasphemy arrest
Margrett Ghafoor, a Christian teacher in majority-Muslim Pakistan, says her lesson for the children she teaches has always been the same.
"My message is for everyone to broaden their minds, and ignore petty matters," says the 53-year-old mother of two. "Let's live together in peace."
Ghafoor has always felt free and safe when attending church services and practicing her religion, despite living in a country where at least 95 percent of the population is Muslim.
But her Christian community in Rawalpindi -- a sprawling suburb of the capital city of Islamabad -- has been anything but peaceful since the Aug. 16 arrest of a young Christian girl named Rimsha Masih....
It transpires that the imam bringing the accusation has now been arrested himself for blasphemy. He has been accused of trying to frame the girl by tearing up a Koran and planting "evidence" in order to get her convicted.
""Her lawyer Masih's lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, reportedly said Tuesday that a medical board had determined she was between 13 and 14 and that her mental state did not correspond with her age. However, he said that it was ânot clear whether that meant she was mentally impaired.â"
What they need out there is someone with common sense and enough practical intellegence to teach them that burning paper is nothing, regardless of the words on it. And common logic and real justice should tell you that a child shouldn't even be thought of as being incarcerated for burning paper at that age or indeed anyone at any age.
However common sense amongst muslims appear to be rather limited today.
Thank the Lord that Christian religion is adult and realistic.