salman taseer

The World Post
Pakistan over the years has become so bizarre that now even criticism against a man-made law has assumed the status of blasphemy.
Religion
On the morning of January 5, 2011, as the body of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was placed in the grounds of the palatial Governor's House in the heart of Lahore, there was much confusion over who would offer his funeral prayers.
The World Post
Since the 1980s, patronized by the security establishment, the religious right has gained political ground in Pakistan. The goal is to grab political power and impose a harsh version of Islam on a country founded in the name of the religion.
Religion
A tall minaret can be seen from afar. In the labyrinth streets of the city of Kasur in Pakistan, this tall minaret of the mosque becomes our guide
The World Post
A stand against religious vigilantism is not the same as a stand against religious extremism.
The WorldPost
The blasphemy laws carry a death sentence for insulting Islam.
The World Post
Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.
Books
In this world turned upside down, my book was used to make the case for why my father's killer should go free.
Religion
If found guilty, the young girl could face the death penalty, according to AFP. This is one of the latest high-profile incidents
Religion
Shame on them, they have not only lost political freedom, they have lost their minds as well. As a Muslim, I am disappointed that Pakistan has deprived the Muslim world of a Nobel Laureate.
Religion
Regardless of one's position on the death penalty, the guilty verdict is a tremendous step forward in democracy and rule of law in Pakistan.
The World Post
Minorities in Pakistan do not have the luxury of dismissing their difference. Since 2001, 80 holy sites have been desecrated, killing more than 1,200 worshippers, most of them religious minorities.
The World Post
Let's forget about who is an "agent" of who. Let's not allow every conversation after an incident to devolve into random whodunit speculation. Let's stop trying to focus on who killed how many people and why. That's not in our control.
Religion
The concept of Defamation of Religions denies a person their free will to choose -- one of God's greatest gifts to humanity -- and deprives individuals of their right to free speech and expression.
The World Post
Our culture and our faith is not one that denigrates and assassinates people of other faiths and perspectives but one that honors diversity and seeks to share common values of humanity.
The World Post
(Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Chris Allbritton) Police said the shooting had taken place in an Islamabad neighbourhood
Religion
Clearly, we have a much easier time spotting fundamentalisms "over there" than we do in our own backyards. It is time we turn that critical lens on what passes for mainstream America.
Religion
At the hands of extremism, Pakistan's history is littered with assassinations and untimely deaths of its most dynamic leaders.  Each has transitioned Pakistan's identity away from its origin.
The World Post
The documentary Bhutto not only tells the story of Pakistan's first woman Prime Minister, it also gives extensive background on this country's history.