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    Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan

    November 11, 2010

    A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a Christian mother of five for blasphemy, the first such conviction of a woman and sparking protests from rights groups Thursday.

    Asia Bibi, 45, was sentenced Monday by a local court in Nankana district in Pakistan's central province Punjab, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) west of the country's cultural capital of Lahore.

    Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but the case spotlights the Muslim country's controversial laws on the subject which rights activists say encourages Islamist extremism in a nation wracked by Taliban attacks.

    Asia's case dates back to June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields. But a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl.

    A few days later the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Asia made made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. The cleric went to local police, who opened an investigation.

    She was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death penalty.

    Sentencing her to hang, Judge Naveed Iqbal "totally ruled out" any chance that Asia was falsely implicated and said there were "no mitigating circumstances", according to a copy of the verdict seen by AFP.

    Husband Ashiq Masih, 51, told AFP that he would appeal her death sentence, which needs to be upheld by the Lahore high court, the highest tribunal in Punjab, before it can be carried out.

    "The case is baseless and we will file an appeal," he said.

    The couple have two sons and three daughters.

    Rights activists and minority pressure groups said it was the first time that a woman had been sentenced to hang in Pakistan for blasphemy, although a Muslim couple were jailed for life last year.

    Human rights activists want the controversial legislation repealed, saying it is exploited for personal enmity and encourages Islamist extremism.

    "The blasphemy law is absolutely obscene and it needs to be repealed in totality," Human Rights Watch spokesman Ali Dayan Hasan told AFP.

    "It is primarily used against vulnerable groups that face social and political discrimination. Heading that category are religious minorities and heterodox Muslim
    sects," he said.

    Asked about Asia's case at a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, visiting Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said he was unaware of the details but would raise the matter with Pakistan's minorities minister.

    "The Italian position has always been against the death penalty," he told reporters. He said he raised the problems faced by Christian minorities during his talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

    "I believe they should not misuse the law of blasphemy to discriminate against religious minorities and this is a point I share with my colleague -- this is a key point for me."

    Around three percent of Pakistan's population of 167 million is estimated to be non-Muslim.

    Last July, two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous pamphlet critical of the Prophet Mohammed were shot dead outside a court in Punjab.

    Pastor Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and his brother Sajjad, were killed as they left a court hearing in Faisalabad city, where hundreds of Muslim protesters had demanded they be sentenced to death.
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    How ironic that the Left would love to have such a blasphemy law passed against Christians to keep them from speaking the truth about homosexuality, abortion, etc, the gods of the Left.
    They're caught in a conundrum because they have a fetish for Islam because they want to use it against us, yet it happens to be the most oppressive, violent, and anti-Left religion out there. They will fight to put some make-up on Islam to make it appear more tolerable so that it can expand and gain a better stranglehold in the West, but at the same time it is going to turn on them and do them in. Meanwhile, the Left wants to put us, the only ones who understand the real danger of Islam, in a very similar choke-hold of their own.
    Truly darkened minds and deceived by their lusts.

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    You would think islamic nations, wanting to prove allah is merciful, wanting to demonstrate they are a religion of peace,

    would universaly adopt the practice of expulsion for such converts/practicioners....

    or demonstrate their confidence in their god/faith, by allowing them to remain and engage in apologitical debate.

    But then, satan HATES exposure to The Light.
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    This to me is a big sign of the times.....so many Christians being persecuted!! We are definately lucky in the US, but for how long?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRobert View Post
    How ironic that the Left would love to have such a blasphemy law passed against Christians to keep them from speaking the truth about homosexuality, abortion, etc, the gods of the Left.
    They're caught in a conundrum because they have a fetish for Islam because they want to use it against us, yet it happens to be the most oppressive, violent, and anti-Left religion out there. They will fight to put some make-up on Islam to make it appear more tolerable so that it can expand and gain a better stranglehold in the West, but at the same time it is going to turn on them and do them in. Meanwhile, the Left wants to put us, the only ones who understand the real danger of Islam, in a very similar choke-hold of their own.
    Truly darkened minds and deceived by their lusts.
    If they use this against Christians it would be mainly against Trib Saints. But God being Just will most likely after they have killed off the Trib saints will turn it around on them because their behaviours go against it's precepts as well. Since they won't have any Christians left to persecute after the 5th Seal
    John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

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    Here is the phone number to the Pakistan Embassy if anyone wishes to defend this woman.

    202-243-6500 ext 5,6, or 7

    My friend called yesterday she said that the ext she used she didn't get to the right person.But she finally got through.I tried calling this morning but no one answered. I will try later.I'm just going to hit zero for an operator and see if they can direct me to the right person.

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    Thanks laney for the phone number for all of us to get involved!

    Tribulation saints... according the Bible there will be a group that no man can number who come out of the tribulation... So Islams or any other anti-Christian group will NOT be able to kill all Christians!
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    I read this and I also thought how blessed we are that we still have freedom of worship in this country. But, it remains to be seen that little changes along the way indicate that this will soon be a thing of the past.

    I personally think this administration and the Obama followers have shown us that fact faster in 2 years than at any other time. Obama never intervenes when the hate mongers surface. Obama never tries to maintain Christian values as our founding fathers did all the while claiming to be a Christian.

    What Obama does not understand is that we as Christians have the Holy Spirit that convicts us of many things and it is impossible for us to blindly follow his lies. We know, but he thinks we don't know!! This only proves Obama doesn't have any concept of an indwelling Holy Spirit.

    As long as we have lawmakers that despise God, our freedoms as Christains will slowly be taken away from us until they are gone. A scary thought and yet I truly feel and pray that the Church will be removed before our country would be under a Dictatorship as our way of living. I think this because for the USA to come to that point, it would be such an end time event. America has always been known as the land of the free found on Christian principles and everyone wanted to come here so that they could live the American dream. For this reason this drastic change would be hard to ignore all over the world. Christians from everywhere could not even wrap their heads around such a concept in America. I think Jesus will come for us before we would have to.

    We are certainly in the end times, but even though that is so exciting, having to watch end time events unfold is very hard. We have just a tiny tiny snippet of how God must feel watching this mess. We can't even comprehend the magnitude of love that God has for us heathens to do what He did for us through His Son.
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    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand on this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyLovinGod View Post
    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand on this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.


    Joining you in praying for Asia's life to be spared, and the safety of her family, in Jesus' name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyLovinGod View Post
    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.

    Praying in agreement. Lord, help Asia stand strong, giving her and her family Your perfect peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyLovinGod View Post
    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand on this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.
    May it be so Lord Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyLovinGod View Post
    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand on this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Amen

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyLovinGod View Post
    Lord I pray that You would have Your hand on this situation and protect this family. Please intervene and have this case turned around to save Asia's life. Protect her husband and children. In Jesus' name Amen.
    I say amen to this as well

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    Matthew 24:9-13
    “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved."

    Jesus said this would happen. Remember, because of this her testimony has gone Worldwide. She's not the only one on death row for Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    You would think islamic nations, wanting to prove allah is merciful, wanting to demonstrate they are a religion of peace,

    would universaly adopt the practice of expulsion for such converts/practicioners....

    or demonstrate their confidence in their god/faith, by allowing them to remain and engage in apologitical debate.

    But then, satan HATES exposure to The Light.
    Nah, they aren't interested in being peaceful. Allah forbid
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    Islam is anything but a peaceful religion! You may of heard what happened in the UK on 11/11, a group of muslims burnt a poppy at 11am when we have a two minute silence to remember fallen soldiers and they started shouting "British soldiers burn in hell" while burning the poppy. Satans work at it's best

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    You can contact the State Department on behalf of this Christian sister, ask them to get involved and protect her. The more the better.

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