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.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    @ Philip,
    I do not think that speculation regarding 9/11 and a USA conspiracy is true, but I cannot prove a negative.
    I do believe that any major nation's government could take astounding actions, deny the actions, and dupe that state's citizens in perpetuity.
    Have you ever been to Bariloche, Argentina? I have played in Argentina, but I want to see Bariloche as a tourist.

    January 13, 2015 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I do not doubt that HIV was released in NYC's gay community purposefully by some group comprising members too stupid to understand the possibility of universal epidemic, or too immoral to perceive such an epidemic as anything other than God's vengeance.
      That possibility of releasing HIV will lie in secret, I think.
      We do know that NYC subway riders were exposed to influenza to test epidemic patterns.

      January 13, 2015 at 2:18 am | Reply
  2. Philip

    Duh. Im Philip. 9.11 was an inside job. Paris massacre was an inside job.
    I am smarter than anyone on these blogs. Duh. I go to the internet and get all my info from stupid websites.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:28 am | Reply
  3. rupert

    Yes Philip. U know it all. U are so smart.

    *eyeroll*

    January 13, 2015 at 3:30 am | Reply
  4. Philip

    Duh. For real rupert. I work for the CIA and therefore have inside info.
    So it's not just the internet that I get my info.
    Gotta go. I am a gofer for the CIA night shift. They want donuts and coffee.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:38 am | Reply
  5. rupert

    Inside job. What a freaking moron.
    Blue Saffsh it. Another moron with smeared sh it on his face.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:41 am | Reply
  6. rupert

    Hey moron #2, where's your re tarded list? YOU'RE supposed to shove it out of your mother's as.s and post it here

    January 13, 2015 at 3:44 am | Reply
  7. rupert

    Philip and Blue Saffsh it are collectively dumber than a fruit fly.
    Care to debate?

    January 13, 2015 at 3:46 am | Reply
  8. Ramu Babu

    On behalf of all jobless Hindus, I apologize for the s hit comments being made. You see for most of us this is the only form of entertainment we have. As you'll probably have also figured out our IQ level is very low due broken down school system in India and DNA.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:54 am | Reply
  9. Ramu Babu

    Pinching, squeezing and scratching their balls in public is national characteristic of typical Indian Hindu males. While doing so they make an ecstatic slurping sound and roll their eyes up. The mannerisms are similar to monkeys who the Indians relate to the most.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:55 am | Reply
  10. rupert

    Ramu, go fu ck your mother u as.s hole. Tard and 1/2

    January 13, 2015 at 3:56 am | Reply
  11. Ramu Babu

    The 9/11 pilots were probably hindus from India . They were busy raiping in the cokpit and hit the buildings rather than flying to Bombay

    January 13, 2015 at 3:58 am | Reply
  12. Ramu Babu

    As soon as the door of the Indian airline plane shuts, these Indian passengers take their shoes off. Now, coupled with upper and lower body odor the air becomes unbearable but there there is nowhere to escape . Soon the curry will be served and the smell will permeate the air also. It is enough to jump out of the plane. And the journey has just begun.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • Bubba Texan

      Never travel in an enclosed space with people from India. Their BO is terrible. POS

      January 13, 2015 at 4:07 am | Reply
  13. Ramu Babu

    11-year-old tribal girl gang-raiped in Ratlam, India

    INDORE: An 11-year-old tribal girl was allegedly gang-raiped by two youths at a grazing ground in Manakchouk area of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. The girl a Class V student was admitted to the Ratlam district hospital.
    The incident took place when the minor girl hailing from the village had gone with four other children of the village to graze herd of goats.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:01 am | Reply
  14. rupert

    Ramu is one of Blue Saff sh it's muppets. Hey tard, did u unshove that stupid list out of your mother's as.s yet?

    January 13, 2015 at 4:02 am | Reply
  15. Bubba Texan

    To all the Indian hinddoou tiffinwalas on this forum, ask yourself this.....are you ready for a gang raipe
    throwdown ... your national pastime that you so excel in !!

    January 13, 2015 at 4:05 am | Reply
  16. rupert

    Ramu . I haven't showered in three days. Too cold.
    Come li ck my dirty b alls. They could use a good cleaning. Your mother did an excellent job.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:05 am | Reply
  17. Bubba Texan

    Man booked for bestiality in Indore, India

    INDORE: A hinddoou man in Aerodrome area was allegedly caught for beating and indulging in a seyxual act with his neighbour's cow on Friday noon.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:08 am | Reply
  18. rupert

    MODI IS A GOOD MAN.
    LONG LIVE MODI!!!
    DOWN WITH PAKISTAN!!!

    January 13, 2015 at 4:09 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Modi is bhery bad man. He does not shave his balls. He suks mine d ikk and I s ukk his d ikk all the tme.

      January 13, 2015 at 4:14 am | Reply
  19. Bubba Texan

    India has tribal laws. The raiped woman has to appear before a judge who does a two finger test to determine the plausibility of a raipe. What in fact happens is that the woman is raiped again by the judiciary. So first, the woman is gang raiped by hinddoou bad guys. Then by police when she files a complaint. Lastly, she is raiped by judges in the courts. SALUT!!! Tutia tavala amangiare

    January 13, 2015 at 4:10 am | Reply
  20. rupert

    Afghanistan reminds me of India. No Toilets ! In the former, they go on poppy fields and rub on stone to cleanse. In the later, onto the rail tracks to dump and rub against the steel. Different paths to same goal.. Defecate under the sky !

    January 13, 2015 at 4:12 am | Reply
  21. rupert

    Unfortunately the 1.1 Billion Indians who go p oop on the rail tracks don't have purchasing power. Otherwise, I would have advised the h illlbillies from West Virginia to open up m oonshine outlets all along the railway tracks in India.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:12 am | Reply
  22. Bubba Texan

    The number of people in India that don't have toilets is equal to the combined population of France, Canada, USA and of Mexico, Central America and South America !!! Just imagine the enormity of the problem. India is probably one big mountain of sewage.... literally.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:16 am | Reply
  23. Bubba Texan

    In India 65.8% women and 54.7% men have anemia with highest prevalence in Assam and Jharkhand (69%) followed by Bihar (67.4%). Even the national capital New Delhi has a female anemic population of alarming 44.3%.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:17 am | Reply
  24. Blue Saffron

    I I love Modi. Great leader. Bubba Texan loves Modi too.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:18 am | Reply
  25. Bubba Texan

    In some villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:20 am | Reply
  26. Blue Saffron

    There will never be a plebiscite in Kashmir. Never!
    Long live Modi!!!

    January 13, 2015 at 4:20 am | Reply
  27. Blue Saffron

    Bubba Texan and Philip both like to su ck my big di ck and li ck my b alls.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:22 am | Reply
  28. Ramu Babu

    Throwing acid, poisoning children, raping five month old girls and handicapped women, massacring minorities maybe the norm in India but not for me.... Never will be. Fork the terrorist pig called India. Rope the hindus.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:23 am | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron

    Bubba Texan rams his love stick up Philip's as.ss.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:24 am | Reply
  30. Ramu Babu

    C hild p ornography in India is legal. In February 2009, the Parliament of India passed the Information Technology Bill," legalizing the creation and transmission of c hild p ornography. The bill enables India's businesses to indulge in c hild p ornography.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:24 am | Reply
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