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Fighting for Tolerance in Pakistan

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Former governor of Punjab Province Salman Taseer was assassinated in January. His daughter Shehrbano Taseer talks about continuing her father's work to end Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

Guests:

Shehrbano Taseer

Comments [8]

Arsalan from D.C.

The last caller clearly has a misunderstanding of the founding of Pakistan and the links to Islam. Also, is he suggesting that we should observe any law just because its "written"? Modern societies and everyone living in them has a social responsibility to examine the logic and reason for each law. If laws are unfair or oppressive, we repeal them.

Jun. 22 2011 07:03 PM
john smith from nyc

Madrid,
why!! how dare you bring up israel !!!
don"t you know that is a special case due to historical injustices. the whole civilized world knows that. by even uttering such views i think you are an israel-basher and even an anti-semite!

Jun. 22 2011 03:16 PM
Madrid from Highland Park, NJ

I have a question for Brian Lehrer:

Brian,

You make a big deal about the fact that Pakistan was founded as a religious state, which it was, but it has actually ceased to be a state with special privileges for Muslims. And by the way, you are right to criticize the idea of a religious state-- in fact, thank you for doing so. No state should be based on one religion, which excludes those citizens of a minority religion.

However, the elephant in the room is that none of your listeners could imagine you ever saying the same thing about Israel, which has been from the beginning defined as the Jewish state, and now seeks recognition from its opponents as an explicitly Jewish state. This of course excludes from the state the more than 20 % Christians and Muslims who are in the minority, not to mention the 4-5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation. These people all live with less rights than those defined as Jewish, even though their families have lived there longer than most every Jewish citizen.

So my question is, what gives? Why the double standard? Until you can imagine yourself asking a Zionist or an Israeli official if it was a mistake to create a religious state, we will all be painfully aware of your hypocrisy.

Jun. 22 2011 11:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Nobody said that other religions are good...though they don't kill unbelievers in the 21st century in the way that Islam still does on a daily basis.

As to your history lesson....LOL....that proves my point....these two examples were 500 and 800 years ago. Thanks for (unwittingly) hightlighting the difference!!

Jun. 21 2011 01:23 PM
JOHN SMITH from NYC

MARTIN CHUZZLEWITT:

YEAH, ALL OF ISLAM IS BAD, BUT ALL OTHER RELIGIONS ARE GOOD.
AND THEN YOU WONDER WHERE THE MODERATE MUSLIMS ARE. EASY TO FORGET THE INQUISITION AND THE CRUSADES. SUPREME HYPOCRITE.

Jun. 21 2011 12:02 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

This last caller proves my point.
Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!!!

Jun. 21 2011 11:27 AM
Phoebe Pollinger from Montclair, NJ

For the guest: Please explain why lawyers threw rose petals on the man who has been charged in the killing of your father.
Thank you.

Jun. 21 2011 11:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh My Gosh.....WNYC criticizing ISLAM !!!!

Gee, you had better hire extra security for the studio premises.

ISLAM IS A FASCIST POLITICAL SYSTEM MASQUERADING AS A RELIGION.

At least Bill Maher has finally recognized this sad truth. This had been recognized for centuries by those under its sword or those who saw it before political correctness (see Mark Twain's conclusion in "Innocents Abroad") We ignore this at our peril.

Jun. 21 2011 11:06 AM

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