Would you Adam and Eve it? Pakistan party wants â€˜pornographic’ Bible banned
THE fact that Adam and Eve appear naked in the Bible before that unfortunate accident with an apple, and Lot – of Sodom fame – is portrayed as an old pisshead, has sparked calls in Pakistan for the Bible to be banned.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party has claimed that Bible stories about characters who are in the buff, intoxicated or – in the case of Jesus a bit of a pussy because he stopped a stoning – are tantamount to “pornographic” slurs against biblical figures who are regarded in Islam as holy prophets.
The party, according to this report, is now demanding that the country ban the Bible because of such “blasphemy” – and exact a “punishment” for good measure.
At a press conference in Lahore, party leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi informally petitioned the Supreme Court, complaining that Bible accounts about some of the prophets include:
A variety of moral crimes, which undermine the sanctity of the holy figures.
Farooqi cited a number of supposedly pornographic scriptures, saying such “insertions” strongly offend Muslims, who hold all prophets in high esteem, and would never dream of maligning them.
The verses in question are:
Genesis 19:33–36, 29: 23, 32–35, 38:18
1 Kings 13:2–29
2 Samuel 11:2–27, 13:1–22
Matthew 1:13, 16:23, 26:14–47
Referring to the antics of US Koran-burner Pastor Terry Jones, Farooqi said his party would not burn the Bible, as Jones has done with the Koran, but would formally lodge a petition if the high court failed to ban the Bible. There would not be a clash between the Islam and Christianity, Farooqi ominously promised, as long as the courts did his party’s bidding.
The definition of blasphemy under Pakistan’s laws is vague and can include offences that are committed “by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly”.
In Pakistan, blasphemy charges have been brought against Muslims as well – in one recent case, for tearing off a page of a wall calendar that had a koranic verse written on it, and in another, for throwing away the business card of a person named “Mohammad”. Attempts to repeal Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have so far failed as extremists have become emboldened under them. Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti were murdered earlier this year for their opposition to the blasphemy laws.
Pakistan governments have long advocated a universal blasphemy law. Every year for over a decade, the nation introduced a resolution in the UN’s Human Rights Council and its predecessor body, calling for a worldwide ban against “defamation” of Islam. The resolution has routinely passed, but support decreased over time, and it was not introduced at the last session in March.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn