Pakistan Blasphemy Laws Used to Target Bible

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Pakistan's blasphemy Laws may now be used to ban the Bible in that country.
CNS News reports that an influential political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Samiul Haq) or the JUI-S party -- made up of radical Pakistani clerics -- has asked the Pakistan Supreme Court to declare portions of the Bible blasphemous.

The clerics contend that portions of scripture depicting certain biblical characters such as Abraham and Isaac, whom Muslims regard as Islamic prophets, are flawed.

They allege that several portions have been added to the Bible that undermine the sanctity of holy figures by charging them with a variety of moral crimes. Such insertions, said party leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi, offend the Muslims who hold those prophets and holy books in high esteem.

The group warned that if the Supreme Court fails to declare some of the portions blasphemous, their lawyers are prepared to submit an application to completely ban the Bible in Pakistan.

Pakistan's blasphemy law is notorious as it is routinely misused to target Christians and other religious minorities. These minorities sometimes face religious lynching.

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