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How the U.N. Encourages Religious Murder
On Jan. 4, Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's largest province, met a friend for lunch in Islamabad. On his way from the cafe to the car that afternoon, he was shot 26 times with a submachine gun.
Taseer, a Muslim, was assassinated by one of his own bodyguards because of his vocal opposition to prosecuting Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, under Pakistan's blasphemy law. In a case that has transfixed Pakistani society, Ms. Bibi was sentenced to death last November for insulting Islam.
Because he was governor of Punjab, Taseer was pressured to mute his criticism. As he stated on Twitter days before he was killed: "I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I'm the last man standing."
The assassin, Islamic fundamentalist Mumtaz Qadri, is responsible for Taseer's death. But the United Nations is implicated too. How? It has repeatedly endorsed blasphemy laws like Pakistan's, in the name of defending religion.
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