January 9th, 2015
12:35 AM ET

Blasphemy and the law of fanatics

By Fareed Zakaria

When governments try to curry favor with fanatics, eventually the fanatics take the law into their own hands. In Pakistan, jihadis have killed dozens of people whom they accuse of blasphemy, including a brave politician,Salmaan Taseer, who dared to call the blasphemy law a “black law.”

We should fight the Paris terrorists. But we should also fight the source of the problem. It’s not enough for Muslim leaders to condemn people who kill those they consider as blasphemers if their own governments endorse the idea of punishing blasphemy at the very same time. The U.S. religious freedom commission and the U.N. Human Rights Committee have both declared that blasphemy laws violate universal human rights because they violate freedom of speech and expression. They are correct.

Read the Washington Post column

Post by:
Topics: Fareed's Take

soundoff (1,606 Responses)
  1. Philip

    One thing banasy is not and that is a high-fashion model putting on a show. I like real people myself. Banasy is real. There are so many fakes here.

    January 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Thanks. Funnily enough, I did some modeling work back in my teens.

      No, the bustle wasn't fashionable, then, before any jokes are made...lol.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  2. rupert

    Philip is dumb. He thinks the 12 victims in Paris was an inside job.

    January 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      'twas an inside job. just like the burning of The Reichstag and 9/11. You are just dumb is all.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:07 pm | Reply
      • Philip MC

        Notice they are always killed so that we cannot talk to them. Or ushered-off to a military prison where news reporters are not allowed access. Or in the case of OBL's many wives, sent to a compound in Saudi Arabia guarded by American soldiers of fortune. And never heard from concerning what OBL had to do with 9/11. You r stupid, Rupert. And need to start listening to old men instead of your own stupid ideas.

        January 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Philip

    Hmm. Time for Phiip MC. "All By Myself" comes to mind.

    January 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  4. Philip MC

    All By Myself by Eric Carmen:

    When I was young I never needed anyone
    And making love was just for fun, those days are gone
    Living alone, I think of all the friends I've known
    When I dial the telephone nobody's home

    All by myself
    Don't wanna be all by myself anymore

    Hard to be sure, sometimes I feel so insecure
    And love, so distant and obscure, remains the cure

    All by myself
    Don't wanna be all by myself anymore
    All by myself
    Don't wanna live all by myself anymore

    All by myself
    Don't wanna be all by myself anymore

    All by myself
    Don't wanna live

    Whoa, oh

    Don't wanna live by myself
    By myself anymore

    By myself anymore
    Oh

    Read more: Glee – All By Myself Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    January 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  5. Philip MC

    ...am waiting for Miss chrissy to get here and request a song. Since Donna won't.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Chrissy cannot access this particular blog, as it's too large for her phone to load. Due to the...well, you know.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm | Reply
      • Philip MC

        Oh. So is she on a road less travelled?

        January 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm |
      • banasy©

        She's been off and on. She's rather miffed that she can't access this one, though.

        I answered you on the previous page; that's what I was doing while you were on this one.

        January 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Philip MC

    he he. Making love WAS just for fun before imported NAZI BayerAG doctors brought AIDS to US.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  7. Philip MC

    LMAO. If I were a nationally syndicated radio host I would be dead by now.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      ...or at least under about 12 different federal gag orders.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  8. Philip MC

    But instead of picking my brain, u Americans throw little hissy fits at me.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  9. Philip MC

    Hmmm. Am thinking for an appropriate song that might mark a dead news blog...

    January 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  10. rupert

    Nope. No inside job. U dumb stupid ox.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      You have zero proof of that so stfu.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  11. banasy©

    Fun fact; Eric Carmen was the lead singer of The Raspberries before his solo career and "All By Myself."

    They're biggest hit? "Go All The Way".

    January 12, 2015 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      Then copy=paste the words to Go All The Way. ok?

      January 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Here you go:

        THE RASPBERRIES
        "Go All The Way"

        I never knew how complete love could be
        Till she kissed me and said
        Baby, please, go all the way
        It feels so right
        Being with you here tonight
        Please, go all the way
        Just hold me close
        Don't ever let me go
        I couldn't say what I wanted to say
        Till she whispered, I love you
        So, please, go all the way
        It feels so right
        Being with you here tonight
        Please, go all the way
        Just hold me close
        Don't ever let me go
        [Instrumental Interlude]
        Before her love
        I was cruel and mean
        I had a hole in the place
        Where my heart should have been
        But now I've changed
        And it feels so strange
        I come alive when she does
        All those things to me
        And she says
        (Come on), come on
        (Come on)
        (Come on), come on
        (Come on)
        I need you (come on)
        I love you (come on)
        I need you (come on)
        (Come on)
        Please, go all the way
        It feels so right
        Being with you here tonight
        Please, go all the way
        Just hold me close
        Don't ever let me go, oh, no

        January 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm |
      • Philip MC

        Thank you. My personal fave line is Before her love
        I was cruel and mean
        I had a hole in the place

        January 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm |
      • Philip MC

        ...surely u understand why.

        January 12, 2015 at 10:57 pm |
      • banasy©

        It's a good turn of phrase.

        January 12, 2015 at 10:58 pm |
      • banasy©

        Sure, I understand why.

        True love transcends, though.

        January 12, 2015 at 11:00 pm |
      • Philip MC

        What is truth. he he

        January 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm |
  12. Philip MC

    Why do they shoot them instead of arrest them. Is obvious if u think about it.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  13. Philip MC

    Please read this amazing story of the most classified woman on planet earth. Thank you.
    http://www.amazon.com/Classified-Woman-The-Sibel-Edmonds-Story/dp/0615602223

    January 12, 2015 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      Sibel is an Iranian woman employed by the FBI tracking down the men both foreign and domestic who finance the crime of 9/11. She has not been "debunked". So give it a rest.

      January 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  14. banasy©

    All right, I've had enough passive-agressive bs for tonight.

    Rejoice.

    I'm out of here.

    January 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      Awe. I will miss you.

      January 12, 2015 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  15. Philip MC

    banasy has left the building. Party on!

    January 12, 2015 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  16. Philip MC

    we r hardly loving twords one another u know.

    January 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  17. Philip MC

    Let's liven this place up with some music. How about some Wildfire! he he

    January 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  18. Philip MC

    River's strong you can't,
    Swim inside it we could
    String some lights up the, hill beside it
    Tonight the moon's so bright you could,
    You could drive with your headlights out

    'Cause a little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about

    You look fine, fine, fine
    Put your feet up next to mine
    We can watch that water line get higher and higher
    Say, say, say
    Ain't it been some kind of day
    You and me been catching on like a wildfire

    Don't get up just to, get another you can
    drink from mine, we can't, leave each other
    We can dance with the dead
    You can rest your head
    On my shoulder if you want to get older with me

    'Cause a little bit of summer makes a lot of history

    You look fine, fine, fine
    Put your feet up next to mine
    We can watch that water line get higher and higher
    Say, say, say
    Ain't it been some kind of day
    You and me been catching on like a wildfire

    I got a rock from the river in my medicine bag
    Magpie feather in his medicine bag

    Say, say, say
    Ain't it been some kind of day
    You and me been catchin' on like a wildfire

    Songwriters
    JOHN MAYER, CHRISTOPHER BREAUX, JAMES RYAN WUIHUN HO

    Read more: John Mayer – Wildfire Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    January 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  19. Philip MC

    If u know me it's a no-brainer my fave line is I got a rock from the river in my medicine bag
    Magpie feather in his medicine bag. he he

    January 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  20. Teaser

    In this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

    January 12, 2015 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  21. Philip MC

    A better version....

    She comes down from Yellow Mountain
    On a dark, flat land she rides
    On a pony she named Wildfire
    With a whirlwind by her side
    On a cold Nebraska night

    Oh, they say she died one winter
    When there came a killing frost
    And the pony she named Wildfire
    Busted down it's stall
    In a blizzard he was lost

    She ran callin' Wildfire
    She ran callin' Wildfire
    She ran callin' Wildfire

    By the dark of the moon, I planted
    But there came an early snow
    There's been a hoot owl howling by my window now for six nights in a row
    She's coming for me, I know
    And on Wildfire, we're both gonna go

    We'll be riding Wildfire
    We'll be riding Wildfire
    We'll be riding Wildfire

    On Wildfire, we're gonna ride
    We're gonna leave sodbustin' behind
    Get these hard times right on out of our minds
    Riding Wildfire

    Songwriters
    LORD, PETER/SMITH, V JEFFREY/HALL, DARYL F/ALLEN, SARA

    Published by
    Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

    Read more: Michael Martin Murphy – Wildfire Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    January 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  22. Philip MC

    I hope Wildfire runs to Sibel D, Edmonds is what I hope. You?

    January 12, 2015 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  23. Philip MC

    Am thinking Sibel Edmonds will be riding a pony God bought for her.

    January 12, 2015 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  24. Philip MC

    almost 10pm here in God's Country Colorado. Hope you love Sibel Edmonds for what she has risked her life doing for you. Nighty night, everyone.

    January 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  25. Philip MC

    Here on the stage, the time has come
    'Mid the strains of be my angel', of rockin' two four
    Time may keep alive that old swan song
    That we've been playing forever
    Till the time may be right to say "Good-bye"
    My voice is aching
    I'm tongue-tied
    And the sounds we are making are so old

    Goodnight song, played so wrong
    Blame the crowd, they screamed so loud so long

    It's an honest day
    Take the best of me and then the rest let go
    In every situation where there's tireless rage
    Step outside the cage and let the real fool show
    I should have stayed 'round to break the ice
    I thought about it once or twice
    But nothing ever changes
    Unless there's some pain

    And our Goodnight song, played so wrong
    Blame the crowd, they screamed so loud, so long

    Goodnight song, played so wrong
    Blame the crowd, they screamed so loud, so long

    Songwriters
    ORZABAL, ROLAND/GRIFFITHS, ALAN

    Read more: Tears For Fears – Goodnight Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    January 12, 2015 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Philip MC

      And so kiss my grits.

      January 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  26. Philip MC

    The sounds we are making are old? Get it?

    January 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  27. Philip MC

    Sibel Edmonds is the editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the founder- director of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI where she reported serious acts of security breaches and cover-ups, and for that she was retaliated against and ultimately fired. The court proceedings on her case were blocked by the assertion of State Secrets Privilege, and the U.S. Congress has been gagged and prevented from taking up or even discussing her case through retroactive classification issued by the Department of Justice. Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy from George Mason University, and a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University

    January 13, 2015 at 12:06 am | Reply
  28. Philip MC

    The American Civil Liberties Union has described Sibel as the most gagged person in American history. Do you not want to hear her out?

    January 13, 2015 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Philip MC

      She speaks four languages fluently, btw. 🙂

      January 13, 2015 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • Philip MC

        ... and she's such a lovely young lady too. Really cute by all standrds.

        January 13, 2015 at 12:22 am |
  29. Philip MC

    She's my most favorite woman in the world.

    January 13, 2015 at 12:23 am | Reply
  30. Philip MC

    nite Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    January 13, 2015 at 12:26 am | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.