Why have blasphemy laws at all?

Beware if you are a dissident of any sort in sharia-infested, mullah-controlled Pakistan. You can be jailed, beaten, stabbed or lynched if you do not endorse the state religion. You can be murdered for anything less than wholehearted endorsement of majority beliefs.

Christian Asia Bibi is still in prison awaiting execution on charges of blasphemy. The past few weeks have seen murders of student dissidents and Ahmadi Muslim academics. On March 30 a cousin of Nobel laureate Dr. Abdus Salam was shot dead. He was a prominent Ahmadi Muslim leader.

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  • In a post-Motion 103 state (read: just like in Pakistan), it saves adherents from a certain cult from ever justifying their words or actions. Also, it saves MPs (like Iqra Khalid, for example) from scrutiny from past actions (like putting out a book justifying wife abuse, for example).