State Dept. should act on Pakistan’s religious freedom violations, watchdog group says

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom was created in 1998 as an independent, bipartisan body.

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom was created in 1998 as an independent, bipartisan body.

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(RNS) The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted “disappointing omissions” in the State Department’s new international religious freedom report, including the absence of Pakistan on its list of worst offenders.

  • Lles Nats

    “Unborn baby”

    Ummm….I don’t think so. If there is anything mypolitically correct society has taught me, Is that there is no such thing as an unborn “baby”. Its a mass of tissue that is abortable. By fire or otherwise. No loss.

  • Lles Nats

    Are anti-blasphemy laws to people of faith as anti-discrimination laws are to gays?

  • Rashid.M

    “A woman, two children and an unborn baby died in the blaze”

    A small correction: The unborn baby did not die in the blaze. A pregnant Ahmadi woman was injured during the attack and later miscarried.

    Upon hearing news of the initial deaths, a statement was released by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

    “This attack was an act of the most extreme cruelty and brutality, whereby innocent people who were sitting peacefully in their own homes were attacked and left for dead.

    It has been falsely claimed that this attack was provoked by a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. This allegation is completely untrue and without any foundation whatsoever. If those who perpetrated this attack truly felt that 1 person had provoked them then they should have sought his arrest but instead they chose to burn alive an elderly lady and her two granddaughters. In truth, this was an entirely unprovoked assault on all forms of human decency which led to the death of 3 people including 2 very young children.

    This attack took place as the local police stood by and watched and took no action. It is yet another example of how the authorities in Pakistan are aiding the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims.

    Let it be clear that we Ahmadi Muslims will never undertake any worldly protest and nor will we ever take to the streets. Our response to all of the sustained persecution that we face is, and will always remain, to bow down before Allah the Almighty and to seek His Help and Mercy.

    This barbaric attack was conducted in the name of Islam, whilst the truth is that such violence has nothing to do with Islam or its teachings. Such merciless attacks can only be deemed as inhumane in the extreme. These types of vicious assaults are nothing but a stain on the pure and peaceful teachings of Islam.

    To kill and to violently oppose is not an act of Islam but it is the act of those people who do not believe in God and do not even possess the most basic human values or decency.

    May Allah grant patience to all those left bereaved and to Ahmadi Muslims throughout the world.” – 28th July, 2014.

  • Larry

    No. The question is far too stupid for me to explain why.

  • One man’s religious freedom
    is another man’s blasphemy.

    Who is guilty of Apostasy?
    All of us. 100% of Humanity.

    So be very careful with religion.
    Whichever one wins dominance, they will have a lot of killing to do.

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  • Tec15

    Instead of merely transcribing press releases, perhaps you should include the fact that the so-called “U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom” (Nothing more than a Clinton sop to Evangelicals) is nowhere near a credible organization, being pretty much populated with Evangelical cranks and various assorted Islamophobes. This self appointed arbiter of “religious freedom” is rife with astounding religious bigotry and bias in both hiring practices and countries on focus. Here, let me do your damn job for you:

    Of course, I realize that mentioning such inconvenient facts gets in the blogs usual agenda of preachy atheism and Muslim bashing.