“A believer can blaspheme only to the extent that the idea of blasphemy holds any

meaning to him. A non-believer, no matter how hard he tries, ‘cannot’ blaspheme. God is sacred only to those who believe in him. If you wish to insult or offend God, you have to be sure that he exists. The strategy used by minority group activists masquerading as anti-racists is to pass off blasphemy as Islamophobia and Islamophobia as racism.”

–Charb, Open Letter: On Blasphemy,

Islamophobia, and the True Enemies

of Free Expression – 2015.

 

In Pakistan, people have charged others with blasphemy, like one would charge someone for a driving ticket. From accusing religious minorities of offending God, or by simply making sure an individual doesn’t see the light of day- people have used religion for their own personal vendetta. The blasphemy law has been arguably misused more than fulfilling its actual purpose; to allow for all belief systems to be respected by people of different faiths. The failure of the state to sort the good cases from the bad is evidenced by the number of people falsely accused of committing blasphemy languishing in jails. Perhaps the Rimsha Masih case – a girl with learning disabilities falsely accused of burning the Quran by a cleric who was actually behind this dastardly act – is the quintessential case, which describes the inherent flaws in this law.