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Under wide threat of injustice, supporting one another, regardless of faith is essential. How? By supporting Standing Rock while demanding peace for Syria. By attending multi-faith gatherings at our local synagogue. By marching behind Black activists because Black Lives Matter. By emailing our MP.
Some neo-conservative Muslim leaders exhibit a spiritually stingy outlook when they caution their followers against celebrating Christmas. They also recognize the oppression against Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian woman in Pakistan, who has been suffering for half a decade in prison on false blasphemy charges.
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She had dared to drink water in a cup meant for the local Muslims. Her co-workers maligned her faith in a place where Christians are perceived as "unclean sweepers". Standing up for her integrity she has languished in prison for the last five years. Given her family went into hiding; she may have been relatively safer in prison.
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Conservative Muslims strongly denounce terrorism. But do they stand up and speak out for human rights that get trampled every day in Muslim countries? Muslim activists assert their voices at great personal cost. Recently, Pakistani lawyer, Rashid Rehman, who tried to defend a University lecturer against blasphemy charges was murdered. His killer remains on the loose.
Salman Taseer was assassinated by a member of his own elite guard for defending a Christian woman for allegedly disrespecting the prophet of Islam. The blasphemy law in Pakistan must be repealed without further delay. The state must not police the religious beliefs of its citizens.