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Against Blasphemy Laws

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Having been their victim, Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science and gender studies at the State University of New York at Purchase College, and the author of Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban(University of Texas Press, 2013) argues that blasphemy laws in Pakistan and other Islamic countries are politically motivated, not religious.

Guests:

Shemeem Burney Abbas

Comments [14]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

To say that the US is responsible for the actions of Islamists

who are at war with Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais, Zoroastrians and the wrong kind of Muslim is

a load of crap.

Nov. 21 2013 12:05 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Yes, so what we have is fake Islam supported by Saudi Arabia
the US via the CIA. The results are Islamic fanatics terrorists, 9/11
billions spent on wars, the death of thousands all due to America's
policies and it's corrupt allie Saudi. A global
Frankenstein monster. What are you going to do Dr.
Frankenstein as the monster comes after you? Have war without end?

Nov. 21 2013 11:57 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Your guest seems to be confused about what is fact and what is religious teaching. Whether or not G-d had a son is the basic premise of several religions. She says it as if it were fact, but it is only what one religion claims.

I have read the Quran and it acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, but not as the son of G-d. The Quran also acknowledged both Jews and Christians as "people of the book," meaning the Old Testament (Torah).

And for her to say that the Quran is outdated and should be put away is, in fact, saying that Islam is worthless and should be done away with. No wonder she was ostracized.

What is her degree in, again?

Nov. 21 2013 11:47 AM
oscar from ny

Here's some blasphemy...from katrina, Japan nuclear Fukushima, sandy, Philippines etc all these are man made by a group of devils who want to evacuate this ppl off the area so later they can buy this property and converted into their homes

Nov. 21 2013 11:46 AM
Susan from North Salem, NY

I do not understand why some people are so insecure about their religion and gods that they can't handle anyone saying something the least bit contradictory or questioning about it.

Nov. 21 2013 11:45 AM
Ed from Larchmont

There is no central authority in Islam, so one area can support these kind of laws, and others might not.

Nov. 21 2013 11:45 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Muslims consider Jesus a great prophet, but they deny that he is the Son of God. Muslims are also very devoted to Mary, Muhammed said that his daughter Fatima 'was the greatest women in heaven after Mary'.

Oddly, Muslims believe that Jesus and Mary are without sin, the only two without sin (Mary - the Immaculate Conception), but not Muhammed.

Nov. 21 2013 11:43 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Muslims consider Jesus a great prophet, but they deny that he is the Son of God. Muslims are also very devoted to Mary, Muhammed said that his daughter Fatima 'was the greatest women in heaven after Mary'.

Oddly, Muslims believe that Jesus and Mary are without sin, the only two without sin (Mary - the Immaculate Conception), but not Muhammed.

Nov. 21 2013 11:43 AM

So will one day people will be penalized for believing that Greedo shot first? Or Han Solo? From Star Wars?
Laws based on nonsense = utter nonsense.

Nov. 21 2013 11:40 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Jesus, Galileo and countless other figures have been charged with blasphemy throughout history.

It's a way for the old guard to hang on to power. I transcends Islam, it transcends religion.

Nov. 21 2013 11:38 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

You can curse Moses and Jesus and Muhammad and not be charged with any crime in Israel for doing so.

Nov. 21 2013 11:35 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Politically motivated?

You can hear the sighs of relief from Salman Rushdie, the Danish mohammed cartoonists, the creators of South Park and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_Gogh_%28film_director%29

Nov. 21 2013 10:45 AM
Nick from UWS

NOTHING should be based in religious doctrine.

Nov. 21 2013 09:36 AM
Ed from Larchmont

What a surprise. Actually, that's quite hopeful, because if they aren't based in their religious doctrine, they might be repealed.

Nov. 21 2013 08:19 AM

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