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CAIR Calls for Release of Pakistani Girl Held for ‘Blasphemy’

Good to see CAIR speak out about this as well (h/t: Fred). Doesn’t look like this fits the whole Islamization boogeyman, stealth jihad myths Islamophobes love to push.:

CAIR Calls for Release of Pakistani Girl Held for ‘Blasphemy’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/12) – A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on the government of Pakistan to release Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl who is being held on blasphemy charges after she was accused of burning pages from a textbook that included verses from the Quran. Human rights organizations report that the girl, who is a minor, may have Down syndrome.

SEE: Amnesty International: Ensure Safety of Girl Whose Life Is at Risk

In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

“It is imperative that the government of Pakistan immediately release Rimsha Masih and ensure her safety and that of her family and their community. The arrest of such a young person, especially if she has a mental disability, is a serious violation of Islamic principles.

“Human rights violations like this must be condemned and challenged not only because of their great injustice against vulnerable people, but also because they are falsely committed in the name of Islam.

“It is reported that an angry mob played a role in inciting this arrest, and we ask Pakistani officials to investigate those circumstances. The reports of media and human rights organizations depict actions by local officials and extremist leaders that are unjust and contradictory to Islamic teachings.

“In this incident it is not the girl who violated Islam’s teachings but the extremists who seem to have fueled this unfounded anger.

“We recognize that President Zardari has ordered local officials to explain the arrest, but we urge more concrete actions to protect minorities and other vulnerable members of society.”

SEEChristian Girl’s Blasphemy Arrest Incites a Furor in Pakistan (New York Times)
SEEAmnesty Urges Pakistan to Protect Blasphemy Charge Girl (AFP)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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  • Jai

    There have been some significant further developments in Pakistan regarding the issue of Rimsha Masih.

    Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/27/pakistani-muslim-christian-girl-blasphemy

    Extracts:

    ”Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy

    Unprecedented move comes after 11-year-old thought to have Down’s syndrome charged with desecrating the Qur’an

    Islamic leaders in Pakistan on Monday came out in support of a Christian girl with learning difficulties who is being held in prison, in an unprecedented public denunciation of the blasphemy law by hard-line mullahs.

    The All Pakistan Ulema Council, an umbrella group of Muslim clerics and scholars, which includes representatives from fundamentalist groups, joined hands with the Pakistan Interfaith League, which includes Christians, Sikhs and other religions, to call for justice for the girl, Rimsha, who is accused of blasphemy. They also demanded that those making false allegations be punished.

    …..”This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that the Muslim community and scholars have stood up for non-Muslims,” said Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Interfaith League. “We are together, demanding justice, demanding an unbiased investigation. And those abusing this law should be taken care of.”

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