“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”
That’s what that looks like.
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a liberal scholar and former university lecturer to death on blasphemy charges.
In Pakistan, anti-terrorism courts terrorize.
In 2013, Junaid Hafeez was accused by students at the university where he taught of making blasphemous Facebook posts. Insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, which is about 95% Muslim.
His lawyers say he was framed by students from an extremist Islamist party for his liberal and secular views and this month a U.S. religious freedom commission placed Hafeez on its list of global victims.
“He (Junaid Hafeez) shall be hanged by neck till his death subject to its confirmation by the honorable high court,” a court order stated.
Hafeez, who quit his studies at Pakistan’s top medical college to pursue a passion for art and literature, secured a Fulbright scholarship and attended Jackson State University where he majored in American literature, photography and theater.
Whatever the ultimate outcome, Hafeez has spent quite a few years in prison. His previous lawyer was murdered. And what was he alleged to have actually said about Mohammed? Hafeez (his name is ironic under the circumstances) was accused of posting under a fake name on Facebook and writing something about Mohammed’s wives. Did he write something about the little girl whom Mohammed raped? The Jewish woman he raped. Who knows. It’s all blasphemy if you worship an illiterate desert warlord and serial rapist. And, if you’re in a country governed by Sharia law, it means the death penalty.