This week I got an email from a friend about a Christian woman in Pakistan, Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam. Whether you are a Christian, atheist, or of any other religious view, you should be outraged by this injustice and clear violation of human rights. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states the following:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Let me put it this way: if you’re an atheist, you would likely be found guilty of the same thing in Pakistan or any other Islamic based countries, if you deny the existence of Allah and stick to it. That is why it should outrage not only Christians, but atheists as well. It is a violation of human rights, and if people start getting the death penalty for exercising their human rights for freedom of thought, conscience and religion, then this world isn’t going to go anywhere but down.
I urge everyone to join in prayer for Asia, as it is one of the few things we have left. I also urge people to lobby governments, and the UN to enforce human rights, because we can’t let clear violations of a basic human right to continue in this world.
If you are interested in reading more, please read the following posts on the Voice of the Martyrs website 13:3:
- URGENT PRAYER NEEDED: Christian Woman Sentenced to Death in Pakistan
- Youth Leaders SPEAK UP for Asia Bibi: Massive Response to Urgent Call to Prayer