Arrested: June 2009
Days Imprisoned: 851
Asia Bibi, a 37-year-old Pakistani woman from the village of Ittanwali, was arrested by police on Friday, June 19, 2009. Asia (also called Asia Noreen) is the wife of 50-year-old Ashiq Masih, and their family is one of only three Christian families in a village of 1,500 families.
Many of the local women, including Asia, work on the farm of Muslim landowner Muhammad Idrees. During their work, many of the Muslim women have pressured Asia to renounce Christianity and accept Islam. In June, the pressure became especially strong.
On Friday, June 19, there was an intense discussion among the women about their faith. The Muslim women told Asia about Islam. Asia responded by telling them about her faith in Christ. Asia told the Muslim women Christ had died on the cross for sins, then asked them what Mohammad had done for them, according to VOM sources. She told them Jesus is alive, but Mohammad is dead. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told them, “and yours is not true.”
Upon hearing this, the Muslim women became angry and began to beat Asia. Then some men took her and locked her in a room. They announced from the mosque loudspeakers that she would be punished by having her face blackened and being paraded through the village on a donkey. Local Christians informed the police, who took Asia into custody before the Muslims could carry out their plan. She was held at the police station in Nankana city. Christians there urged the police not to file blasphemy charges, but police claimed they were under pressure from local Muslim leaders.
Seventeen months after Asia’s arrest, she was convicted of violating subsection C of Pakistan’s 295 blasphemy law – blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad – and was sentenced to death. No Christian in Pakistan has ever been executed under the blasphemy law, but in several cases,extremists have murdered Christians after their release from prison. Asia’s conviction and death sentence have brought international attention to the country’s blasphemy laws. Christians have called for Asia’s release and for a repeal of the laws, while extremists in Pakistan continue to demand that she be executed.
The Voice of the Martyrs urges Christians around the world to pray for Asia Bibi and her family.
Asia is Well Cared For in Prison
A Pakistani newspaper reported Asia Bibi was “tortured” in prison last week, but her husband Ashiq says it’s not true. Asia is detained in a special high security cell that only jail management can access.
A new female prison officer got angry with Asia, but others intervened before the officer could beat Asia. The woman was suspended for three months by jail management.
Through Ashiq, Asia said, “The jail management is good to me.” One of the officers is particularly caring toward Asia.
Thank the Lord that he is caring for Asia, even in prison. Continue to ask for her release.
A leak of emails reveals that media figures have been working actively with Occupy activists. This should surprise exactly no one, but documentary proof that media figures conspire with the left is always valuable in convincing the fair-minded members of the public that the mainstream media are corrupt and not to be trusted.
Writing in Big Government, Dana Loesch outlines the results of the first examination of the emails. The entire collection of leaked material is accessible here, and interested readers are invited to look through the trove for further insight. Loesch writes:
The Arctic Sea, a Finnish ship hijacked in Swedish waters in July 2009, was likely carrying materials stolen from Russia meant for the making of chemical weapons, Finnish researchers have claimed.
In their new book, Myrskyn Silmässä (Eye of the storm), Timo Hellenberg and Pekka Visuri explain their theory that biological, chemical, nuclear, or radioactive materials extracted in Russian Kaliningrad, were loaded onto the ship when it was hijacked in Swedish waters.
But the Finnish researchers claim the ship was heading to the Middle East with the valuable weapon materials, which was allegedly stolen from the Russian government.
They argue that the hijacking was downplayed by Russian officials, and question why the Finnish government was not informed immediately.
by Daniel J. Flynn:
The Berlin Wall fell twenty-two falls ago. Did the news only now reach the Mediterranean?
Those who cannot identify the present are condemned to repeat the past. Rampant stupidity has that effect on a maxim. George Santayana presumed too much when he mocked people who merely forgot yesterday. We can’t even get today straight.
This year is socialism’s worst since the Berlin Wall fell. Just don’t say it aloud. We aren’t supposed to notice that the same mindset that crippled Budapest, Berlin, and Belgrade beats down Damascus and Athens.
It is Eastern Europe along the Mediterranean. It is 1989 again in 2011. But who recognizes the past’s welcome encroachment upon the present? Who sees Prague and Krakow finally bringing the news to Tunis and Tripoli?
The government we just helped overthrow in North Africa called itself the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. We called it a lot of names, but never that.
The “Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution” was once a darling of American leftists. The Nation, for instance, proclaimed that “all Libyans are now equal under the law” and “no form of racism exists in Libya” upon Qaddafi’s coup. In imitation of Mao’s “Little Red Book” Qaddafi wrote a little “Green Book,” which taught that “land is the private property of none,” “wealth exceeding the satisfaction of one’s needs” must be confiscated, and “the final step is for the new socialist society to reach a stage in which profit and money disappear.”
To say Libyans revolted against Qaddafi’s oppression is another way of saying they revolted against socialism. The world economy is in rough shape. Nowhere is it as rough as it is under state-managed economies. The unrest in the Mediterranean Basin has focused on domineering governments that have micromanaged their economies into the ground.
Greeks freeload on free dentistry, child care, eye exams, and university educations. Do you grasp why Greece finds it necessary to freeload on the rest of Europe? Despite a debt-to-GDP-ratio that makes Obama’s America look prudent, Prime Minister George Papandreou’s “austerity” measures have increased state spending by seven percent this year. Is it any wonder that the sick man of Europe is led by the leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and the president of the Socialist International?
By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller:
On Monday’s broadcast of “America Live” on the Fox News Channel, senior political analyst Brit Hume said that the Occupy Wall Street movement could turn off the independent voters, first noting that the similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and this current Occupy Wall Street movement, were a stretch. Occupy Wall Street got was endorsed by President Barack Obama during his remarks at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
by Ryan Mauro:
On October 7, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women’s rights activists, including the first Arab woman winner. Her name is Tawakul Karman; she is a member of a Muslim Brotherhood party with an Al-Qaeda-linked official as one of its senior leaders. The committee chairman acknowledged her membership and said the West’s opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood is wrong. To the committee, the Islamist ideology — complete with leaders who recommend suicide bombings and provide material support to terrorists — and peace are not mutually exclusive.
Oh, that nasty 1%. Based on the global protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street, they are the source of all the world’s ills. The placards say it all: “End corporate greed”; “Paycheques not credit card bills”; “Banks for the 99%!”
But what about that 99%? What responsibility do they bear for the situation the world finds itself in? The answer is: plenty. Greed doesn’t just live on Wall Street: it finds a home on Main Street too. And when people think it’s perfectly OK to take out mortgages they can’t afford, or rack up credit card debt to buy flat screen TVs, clothes and appliances, or draw on their home’s equity to finance cars and vacations, well, as they say, you reap what you sow.