Pakistani protestors decry papal opposition to blasphemy law
CWN - January 11, 2011
Islamic demonstrators rallied in Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan, to denounce the call by Pope Benedict XVI for a change in the country's blasphemy laws.
A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, a group that organized the protest in Lahore, said that the Pope's suggestion-- made in his January 10 address to the Vatican diplomatic corps-- was "insane." He made the remarkable claim that elimination of the blasphemy law would endanger the Christian minority. (Christians have steadily complained that the law is exploited to intimidate Christians.)
In Karachi, an Islamic speaker said that the entire country applauds the assassination of Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, who dared to call for changes in the blasphemy law.
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