Thursday, March 3, 2011

We lost a brave man this week

Pakistani Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a vocal opponent of a national blasphemy law that punishes insulting Islam with death, recorded a video in December to be released in the event of his assassination.

The BBC released that video yesterday.

This is not the same blasphemy law that the United Nations attempted to pass, it is a national law.

I live in a country where freedom of speech is still respected on the whole, for example this week the Supreme Court ruled that the obnoxious protests by the Westboro Baptist Church are protected by the First Amendment. It's important to remember that not everyone has that right, and to honor the people who die fighting for it.

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