The shooting of Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti in Pakistan ominously exposes man’s inhumanity to man in the name of religion. Global societies are described as having progressed beyond the stone age, as it relates to religious tolerance we still have some way to go.
Bhatti, a Pakistani Christian, had been an outspoken critic of the misuse of the controversial Blasphemy Law and according to his colleagues he was facing death threats from those who just wanted him to shut up. Bhatti was a bold man indeed to criticise the primitive and asinine Blasphemy Law practised by Pakistan. A law which would make the most insensitive of persons – not of the Islam faith – cringe in horror at its barbaric intent. For those Christians who would beat their chests at how Bhatti died at the hands of Islamic fanatics history still records the The Crusades.
What argument can one use to explain the fanaticism expressed by members of a religion which results in the killing of another human being because he criticizes that religion? BU is respectful of all religions but the backwardness of the Blasphemy Law which is embedded in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan gives little hope for peace on earth.