Blind Faith: A Documentary On Blasphemy Laws

The following documentary called ‘Blind Faith’ is about the blasphemy law created by the penal code of 1860 and carried in four sections related to offenses against religion. These were originally enacted under British rule to diffuse communal tension in the multi-religion society of the subcontinent. Anyone voluntarily disturbing religious ceremonies was punishable.

In the 1980s, government of Zia-ul-Haq passed an ordinance to insert section 298a, 295b, 295c, 298 a b c which are today known as blasphemy laws. This documentary interviews several esteemed and learned sources about the history and current usage of blasphemy laws as well as several individuals who have been charged under the laws to learn more about their plight.

Part I

Part II

The Evolving Relationship Between Pakistan and the United States

Technology never ceases to amaze me. Wikileaks aside, technology has opened up a whole new window into the world of diplomacy, and our own Ambassador to the US can be followed on Twitter and on video all over YouTube. When he Tweeted that he was going to be speaking at the James A Baker III Institute in Houston the other night and that it could be viewed on a webcast, the nerd in me got really excited. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, you can watch it below:

Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani discusses the evolving relationship between Pakistan and the United States at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston Texas USA on 1 December 2010.

Ambassador Haqqani discusses the history of Pakistan-US relations and the present model of cooperation between the democratic governments of Pakistan and the US as they try to overcome historical suspicion and doubt.

Questions include topics Wikileaks, Asia Bibi, ISI, media, India, nuclear disarmament, and the positive contributions of the Pakistani-American community.

Video: Heart Song

A friend sent me a video today that brought tears to my eyes. It is a news interview with a Christian pastor and an Islamic cleric in America whose places of worship are next to each other. Rather than treat each other with suspicion and mistrust, they have reached out in the same way of prophets Isa (Jesus) and Muhammad (SAW). I thought it was especially interesting that the name of the Christian church is “Heart Song”. Is this not the song that Allah puts in our hearts? To love our fellow man? So why is it there is always some miitants who are either burning Quran or killing Ahmadis or some other evils? As we prepare for Eid, I will be thinking about this video and how beautiful the world can be if only we allow it to be so.