yahoodiagentblogspot.ca: All religions preach love, harmony, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. This is a common argument heard at several interfaith conferences. However, once you start getting into the nitty gritty of things, each religion has something that can be considered blasphemous by others. Hinduism’s polytheism is a direct challenge to monotheistic faiths. The status of Christ as a son of God is unacceptable for Muslims. Similarly when Quran uses very strong words against polytheism, admonishing their Gods as false and claims that Christ is nothing more than a Prophet, Christians and Hindus can consider that blasphemous. Even within Islamic literature, various scholars from different sects (Sunni and Shia being the predominant ones), have written very inflammatory things either while interpreting Quran/Hadith according to their own understanding, or while criticizing the members or beliefs of other Islamic sects. That is the nature of religion. ANY Religion!
Pakistani religious scholars have always gloated that second amendment against Ahmadis was passed unanimously. All Muslims agreed that they were not “proper” Muslims. It was a democratic decision and it was right in the context of “Islamic” Republic of Pakistan. The irony however, is that a process that was supposed to show the unity of the “Ummah” has now reached such murderous proportions where the same “united” Muslims are killing each other on the charges of apostasy and blasphemy. The same charges that, when being applied against Ahmadis, were seen as acceptable.
In the last two weeks, Pakistan has seen four blasphemy related incidents. A lawyer was shot down in Multan just because he was defending an accused blasphemer. 68 Lawyers were accused of blasphemy after they got into an argument with a Police Officer who shared his name with the second Caliph of Islam. A teenager walked into a Police station, and shot a 65 years old Ahmadi man accused of blasphemy. And a TV channel with the name of Geo News came under fire for playing a Qawwali seemed inappropriate for the wedding celebrations that were being shown alongside it.