• We Need Pakistan-Style Blasphemy Laws, and Public Floggings!

    Pakistani Security Forces? MIA As Always
    Pakistani Security Forces? MIA As Always

    If only our beloved Christian Right had a clue how cartoonish they look

    In a new column posted on Matt Barber’s BarbWire website, Tristan Emmanuel calls for the reinstatement of blasphemy laws in order to punish Bill Maher for his recent comments about God.

    In a piece entitled “Does Maher Deserve A Whipping For Slandering God?,” Emmanuel says there was a time when people like Maher were publicly whipped and physically punished for saying such things and argues that it is time for Christians to demand the reinstatement of such laws before God releases His wrath upon the entire nation for tolerating such blasphemy.

     

     


    Transcript:

    There was a time when a generation of believers actually believed in defending the honor of God and would have done just that — condemn Maher.

    Back then Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God and country.

    Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher.

    “Be it declared and enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Representatives, convened in General Assembly, and it is enacted by the Authority of the same, that if any person shall presume willfully to blaspheme the holy Name of God, Father, Son, or Holy Ghost; either by denying, cursing or reproaching the true God; his Creation or Government of the World: or by denying, cursing, or reproaching the holy Word of God… everyone so offending shall be punished by imprisonment, not exceeding six months, and until they find sureties for good behaviours; by sitting in pillory; by whipping; boaring thorow the tongue, with a red hot iron; or sitting upon the gallows with a rope about their neck; at the discretion of the court…” — Massachusetts General Laws.

    It was called the Holy Inquisition
    It was called the Holy Inquisition

    Mr Emmanuel might be interested to know that this was before such a thing as America as a country, and that the assholes who wrote the above law also banned the celebration of Christmas-but back to his obsession with torture and cruelty:

    But I gotta say, Maher’s comments are the most shocking and heinous public utterances of blasphemy on U.S. airwaves. And worse still, Christians — and especially Christian leaders — have said very little.

    America is hanging on by a thin thread of longsuffering divine justice. The pugnacious degenerate Bill Maher may think blasphemy is a laughing matter. The nation of America may think it can hide behind the First Amendment. And Christians may falsely think they are demonstrating Christlike love by remaining quiet in the face of profligate profanity.

    Whoever dares uphold the First amendment!

    In the meantime, in Mr Emmanuel’s paradise on Earth…

    A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, in a case which sparked fierce rioting in the eastern city of Lahore last March.

    The rioting that followed the incident lasted days and saw about 3,000 Muslims attack the Christian neighbourhood, starting fires. Two churches and dozens of bibles were also desecrated in the attack.

    Hundreds of Muslims attacked the city’s Christian Joseph colony, torching homes, when the allegations surfaced.

    Sawan Masih was convicted of using derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in a row with a Muslim friend.

    Allegations of blasphemy against Islam are taken very seriously in Pakistan, where 97% of the population are Muslim.

    Several recent cases have prompted international concern about the application of blasphemy laws.

    Critics argue that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently misused to settle personal scores and that members of minority groups are also unfairly targeted.

    Let’s usher in a new era of intolerance and persecution, frivolous accusations and mob “justice”!

     

    Category: Secularism

    Article by: No Such Thing As Blasphemy

    I was raised in the Islamic world. By accident of history, the plague that is entanglement of religion and government affects most Muslim majority nations a lot worse the many Christian majority (or post-Christian majority) nations. Hence, I am quite familiar with this plague. I started doubting the faith I was raised in during my teen years. After becoming familiar with the works of enlightenment philosophers, I identified myself as a deist. But it was not until a long time later, after I learned about evolutionary science, that I came to identify myself as an atheist. And only then, I came to know the religious right in the US. No need to say, that made me much more passionate about what I believe in and what I stand for. Read more...
    • kraut2

      America seems to have more assholes like that than any other western civilized country…maybe the emphasis should be on “civilized”?

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        We have our share, but Emmanuel, as it happens, is Canadian.

        • kraut2

          Oops – I should have read more carefully – the reference to Lieutenant Governor should have been a hint.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_Emmanuel
          I admit that we have some fundamentalist too, usually they are more restraint in their idiocy.

          The present government however under the leadership of a quite fundamentalist christian right winger creates a climate where those opinions seem to be more acceptable and are more in the open than before.
          I apologize on behalf of my more rational Canadian compatriots for idiots like that.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/OffensivAtheist bismarket

      Gonna get me an Iron Chariot, this god guy’s totally helpless if you got an Iron Chariot!

    • ThePrussian

      Who is this guy and what can be done with him?

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        Just one more nutcase with some association with Falwell’s Liberty “University”. Best thing that can be done with him is to make his views as widely known as possible. He is a walking ad for secularism.

        • ThePrussian

          Honstly the self pity of the ameruican religious right never ceases to amaze me.

        • ThePrussian

          Seriously, one should give them something to cry about. You think American atheists are mean? In the old world, when secularists got fed up, they made boots, gloves and book bindings out of clergymans’s skin. Now _that’s_ militant.

    • Bill Snoot

      There needs to be an I.Q. test for anyone making YouTube videos. This guy needs to be deported, to Iran perhaps, where can be amongst his own kind

    • Gus

      gods wrath is undertandable we are bad creatures. we can choose jesus though. we must choose him

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        If your god has a problem with freedom of expression, let him speak for himself. What kind of a pathetic god needs spokesmen like you or Tristan Emmanuel?

        • Gus

          you just reject god to feel good.

          • NoCrossNoCrescent

            Ad hominem. Try again.

            • Gus

              you have no good reason to disbelieff in god.

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              You have no reason to disbelieve in the tooth fairy!

            • Gus

              you are both just hiding from god because he juddge you and you know it.

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              Ad hominem. Try again.

            • Gus

              Perhaps a more cogent manner of addressing the issue is asking a question. How can you *know* that God does not exist?

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              Which one? Kraut gave you the list!

            • Gus

              ANY God, of any kind. You seem to rely on your illogical presuppositions far too much. How can you know, in any way shape or form, that a God (of any variety) does not exist?

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              Really? I don’t know that for a fact, but why am I supposed to think there is only one? As far as I’m concerned there are countless gods. Any ones that want me to worship them can tell me that themselves.

            • kraut2

              Meaning according to your pretzel logic it is logical to presuppose a god – any god even – despite lack of evidence?
              Just because someone pulled that premise out of his/her posterior?
              And no – the existence of the Universe is only evidence of the existence of the Universe – nothing more.

            • kraut2