Pakistani school drops John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ over blasphemy law fears

A private school in Karachi has dropped John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” from a student concert following complaints about the song’s “atheist lyrics.”

Students at Karachi Grammar School were due to sing the Beatle singer’s 1971 solo hit at an annual event in a tradition stretching back decades. However, school administrators were forced into a late change over fears they could be liable for prosecution under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

Newspaper columnist Ansar Abbasi highlighted the song’s lyrics in a tweet Wednesday, sparking a widespread debate over whether the “controversial” lyrics were appropriate for a school event.

Well this has me rethinking blasphemy laws.

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