Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan Pose Growing Threat to Christians
he threat to Christian minorities living in Pakistan continues to escalate, forcing many to find safe haven elsewhere. Recently, the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) ordered the government of the nation to enact the death penalty for blasphemy charges. So far, the Pakistani government has resisted.
While this is a reiteration of a ruling made back in 1990 by the FSC, local fervor to see this ruling enacted has grown in recent years. Lubna Thomas Benjamin recalls her first-hand experience with this growing persecution:
‚ÄúI still remember the tears and lamentation of the Christians living in the neighborhood of Rimsha, who were forced by the Muslims to leave that area. To accomplish their plan to expel the Christians, they used [14-year-old] Rimsha [Masih], who was reported to have a lower mental age, and couldn't have done of what she was accused of - that is, to burn the pages of the Holy Koran....