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Call to Ban Bible Bothers Pakistan’s Christians

ICC Note

Islamist clerics “usually attack individuals, groups, churches and communities of Christians, by falsely accusing them of blasphemy, but this time they are planning to ban even the Bible in Pakistan.”

By Joseph DeCaro
06/07/2011 Pakistan (Worthy News)-Pakistani Christians are troubled by a Bible ban from radical Muslim clerics whose own prophet had never outlawed it.

Nevertheless, Muslim clerics recently asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan to rule that some scriptures have been added to the Bible and that they violate the Islamic nation’s blasphemy laws by depicting biblical figures revered by Muslims as flawed; they allege that these additions were inserted to show the prophets guilty of “a variety of moral crimes, which undermine the sanctity of the holy figures.”

Although Muslims accept the Pentateuch, the Psalms and the Gospels, many believe the rest of the Bible is a “corruption” of the original texts.

Naveed Walter, president of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, said Islamist clerics “usually attack individuals, groups, churches and communities of Christians, by falsely accusing them of blasphemy, but this time they are planning to ban even the Bible in Pakistan.”

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