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RELIGION: Who decides what’s blasphemous?

Letter by Constance V. Walden, University Place on Sep. 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | 128 Comments »
September 21, 2012 3:18 pm

In a Sept. 21 PRI (Public Radio International) article, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik reportedly wants the United Nations “to develop international legislation to stop the circulation on material deemed blasphemous.”

Who is going to determine what material is blasphemous or not? A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist?

In the Old Testament of the Bible, in Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called, “Mighty God”; and, in the New Testament of the Bible, in John 10: 30-33 Jesus said, “I and the Father are One.” This was considered blasphemous talk by the Jews who heard Him say it because he was making himself equal with God. They wanted to stone him for it.

There is no doubt that the scriptures above are considered blasphemous by Muslims, too. Will Malik want the United Nations to stop such writings as that above as blaspheme against his Muslim beliefs, as well? I think so.

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