Monday, December 6, 2010
Pakistan: terrorists issue fatwa against Catholic cabinet minister
Bhatti is leading a commission that will consider changes to the nation’s blasphemy law. Christians in Pakistan have charged that the blasphemy law is a source of widespread abuse; members of religious minorities are subject to unsupported allegations that they insulted Islam, and can be convicted without clear evidence.
“My life mission is to protect religious freedom, minority rights, justice and equality,” Bhatti told the Fides news agency. “I will continue to do so without hesitation. My commitment will continue in spite of the claims of these groups, which, among other things, are illegal and damaging the country's image.”
“I am deeply religious, and the Pope’s words are very important in my life,” he added. “I thank him for his closeness and solidarity with the Christians in Pakistan. His solace encourages me to witness to the faith in my life, despite the difficulties. I ask the Holy Father and all the faithful of the world to pray for me.”
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