CNN Avoids Blasphemy, Possible Retribution

The followers of the religion of peace are hard at work maintaining it:

Mohamed Imran had been accused, jailed, tried and cleared: if anything, society owed him a debt as a man wrongfully accused.

But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.


But the gunmen found their target and Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws claimed another victim.

Is getting “cleared” in Pakistan simply another way to say “kill him yourselves”?

What was his specific crime? Well, we don’t know.

The curious part about this blasphemy case — and many other such convictions and allegations under the controversial law — is that they do not specify what the accused is meant to have said.

The first complaint delivered to the police in 2009 refers to a conversation Imran allegedly had with another man in a cafe, but says the exact blasphemous phrase cannot be repeated as that too would be an act of blasphemy.

Oh my. Allah is quite inflexible on the matter. One wonders how one testifies about this stuff.

By the time we get to the court appearance earlier this year, the charge is clearer (but we won’t repeat it here, given the sensitivity of the matter). You are left wondering whether by this stage of the case many had already found reason to damn Imran.

All the same, this level of evidence was not enough for the judge, who released Imran. But it was enough for the gunmen.

I see. It would appear that someone did have to repeat something, or at least write it down so it could go into the record. The judge did not find the evidence conclusive, but CNN is so concerned about “the sensitivity of the matter” that it leaves out a critical known fact: the actual statement which triggered the upset of this man’s life followed by his death at the hands of those who apparently found the law insufficient to protect their deity from abuse.

It is sad that this brutal injustice occurred and doubly sad that CNN is willing encourage the thinking that led to the injustice in the first place.


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