Last week an enraged crowd threatened to burn my daughter alive, and in 48 hours a judge will decide whether she goes free or stays in jail.

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Last week an enraged crowd threatened to burn my daughter alive, and in 48 hours a judge will decide whether she goes free or stays in jail. Rimsha is a minor with mental disabilities and often isn’t in control of her actions. Yet local police here in Pakistan have charged her with desecrating the Koran, and we are afraid for her life.

Right now she is being held in a maximum-security jail, and in hours, she will face the court under Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws, which can carry the death sentence. We are a poor Christian family witnessing mob fury over my daughter’s case, and many other families have faced similar intimidation forcing them to either flee or live in fear. But the international attention on Rimsha’s case has emboldened Pakistani Muslim leaders to speak out against this injustice and forced President Zardari’s attention.

Please help me keep up the global outcry on my daughter’s case. I urge you to sign my petition to President Zardari to save Rimsha and demand protection for us and other vulnerable minority families. Avaaz will share this campaign with local and international media, watched carefully by all the politicians here: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_save_my_daughter/?bBSFVbb&v=17436 

An angry mob demanded the arrest of my daughter after a local imam started inciting people against her, claiming she had desecrated the Koran. Some then threatened to kill her and burn down the houses of Christians in our community. I pray that at her hearing on Saturday, the case against her is dismissed and she can come back to live with us.

Our family is in grave danger, as even talking about the blasphemy laws in Pakistan can be deadly — last year the Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs was killed after asking for the removal of the death penalty for committing blasphemy. It’s such a sensitive situation that many of our Christian neighbours from our Islamabad slum have had to flee their homes.

We respect the religious rights of others. We simply hope for the safety of our daughter and our community and wish this had never happened. We are happy that the Ulema Council, an umbrella group of Muslim clerics and scholars here in Pakistan, spoke out, saying: “We don’t want to see injustice done with anyone. We will work to end this climate of fear.” With your help, we can not only free Rimsha but make this incident the beginning of a greater understanding between communities in Pakistan. I ask you to sign this petition, and share it with your friends.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_save_my_daughter/?bBSFVbb&v=17436 

With hope and determination, 

Misrek Masih with the Avaaz team 

PS: This petition was started on Avaaz’s new Community Petitions site, which lets anyone, anywhere, start a petition on issues that are important to them. To start your own, click here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bv17436

MORE INFORMATION

Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quran (CNN)

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/30/world/asia/pakistan-girl-blasphemy 

Father of Pakistani Christian ‘blasphemer’ girl appeals to President (Telegraph)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9503532/Father-of-Pakistani-Christian-blasphemer-girl-appeals-to-President-Asif-Ali-Zardari.html 

Pakistan blasphemy case Christian girl ‘is 14′ (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19397884 

Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy (Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/27/pakistani-muslim-christian-girl-blasphemy 

Pakistani Christians, fearing backlash, flee community after girl is accused of blasphemy (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistani-christians-fearing-backlash-flee-community-after-girl-accused-of-blasphemy/2012/08/20/d3b23c9a-eae3-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html 

Pakistani president wades into ‘Down’s Syndrome’ blasphemy case (Christian Science Monitor)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2012/0820/Pakistani-president-wades-into-Down-s-Syndrome-blasphemy-case/ 

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51 COMMENTS

  1. This right-wing scaremongering really pisses me off. Such an article belongs on Jihadwatch or the Daily Mail and is unbecoming of this website.

    How is it difficult to understand? Islam is no better or worse than any of the other major religions., including Christianity. Sure, you can cherry-pick cases like this, just as you can with any religion. It proves nothing.

    Let us clean up our own shop before criticizing anyone else’s.

  2.  Yeah, I read about those chrisitans threatening to kill a mentally disabled girl for dropping her bible.  And aren’t the jews the ones that also strap on belts of high explosive, and detonate them in the synagogues of other denominations that don’t pray quite right.

    Yes you’re quite right.  Islam, the religion of nothing but peace,  is so unfairly maligned by the fascists on Professor Dawkins site.

  3.  “This right-wing scaremongering really pisses me off.”

    You’re getting pissed off that the story is being reported and not that a child is currently in jail for blasphemy and could face severe punishment?

    Your priorities disgust me.

  4. Signed.

    I wish we could do a lot more for the many victims of these blasphemy laws. I will spread the link to all my contacts and hope for the best.

    JMollineaux, why do you call this article ‘rightwing’, and why do you apparently not care about the human rights of this girl?

  5. Morally equivocating the harms caused by Islam with those caused by other major religions like Christianity is like equivocating murder with theft because, after all, they are both crimes.

  6. JMollineaux,

    Your comment confuses me on several levels.  This is a website that promotes “Reason and Science.”  One of the aims, it seems, is to report on the negative side-effects of irrational beliefs.  Are you saying that a mob wanting to torture and kill a 14 year old girl because she “desecrating” a book is not one of those negative side-effects?  It seems worthy of reporting to me, and the plea for her life seems like a humanitarian act.

    You also seem to imply that Islam is unfairly targeted on this site.  I assure you, that is not the case.  I just did a rough count of all the articles in submitted in August under the religion heading.  By my count: 7 articles were directly related to Islam or Sharia law;  20 articles were related to Christianity; 7 were related to religion in general.  Based on population I’d say that Islam is under reported.  This site has no love for any religion as there is no evidence to support any of them, they all claim truths they don’t have, and many have barbaric punishments for ridiculous “crimes.”

    I am curious, what exactly are you accusing this site of?  What needs to be “cleaned up?”

  7. “And aren’t the jews the ones that also strap on belts of high explosive, and detonate them in the synagogues of other denominations that don’t pray quite right.”

    I’ve never heard of that. Do you have any references? 

    Their was Jewish/Zionist terrorsim after WWII as part of the beginning of Israel, it was the goal of the Zionists to terrorize the existing mostly Arab population to leave their homes.

  8.  If it wasn’t actually going on or had been massivly overstated , it might indeed be seen as scarmongering. The problem here is that is is actually going on and hasn’t really been overstated.
    I would expect that similar stories from any religion or country would attract just as much ire from posters here.

  9. I’ve always thought that trying to classify any religion as “most harmful” is a pointless task. Judged by what metrics? Over what time period? And no matter what religion, and for that matter the same applies to atheists, whenever someone commits terrorism or other major crimes they are usually branded as not really being X (X= Muslim, Christian, Atheist,…) by the majority of people in their group. 

    But I don’t agree that this only belongs in the Daily Mail. If anything it is good to have these articles here so there can be more rational debate than you would get on The Daily Mail. And as this is a text book example of the harm that religion and irrationality can cause it definitely seems like a cause that RD.net should support. 

  10. Signed the thing.

    I thought that Islam forbade idolatry. If you find yourself in the position where you’re contemplating whether or not to put a handicapped child to death over the destruction of a material object, in this case a book, then doesn’t this mean that you’ve elevated this object to the status of idol?

  11. Violence against children is a problem in the US.  I am sickened by the kinds of abuse and its regularity over here.  But, the abuse is almost always a crime.  I am not aware of anything in the US or anywhere in the West that even remotely resembles a law against book burning that carries the possibility of death as a punishment.  However in Pakistan apparently whether or not you should imprison or kill a child for destroying a book is considered a moral dilemma. 

    That is not a minor disagreement.

  12.   JMollineaux
    This right-wing scaremongering really pisses me off.

    How is it difficult to understand? Islam is no better or worse than any of the other major religions., including Christianity.

    Spoken with the Dunning-Kruger confidence of someone who has absolutely no idea what he is talking about!

  13. “Let us clean up our own shop before criticizing anyone else’s.”

    You are talking
    to a bunch of atheists here, we do not have a shop, not even a small fruit
    & veg barrow to sell any wares.
    We all know
    that all religions are damaging, but there are degrees of damage and I think
    you will find that Islam takes the shop bought biscuit.

  14. It’s also an error to consider the religion in the abstract, as if it were a cosmic, eternal thing, separate from earthly concerns. I can see why people do, it’s what the religious themselves do. However, religions cannot be disentangled from the political and social situations they exist in. Examining the history of the other religions shows that they are capable of atrocities and massive injustices (and clearly this is the latter, verging on the former) when the circumstances are right. Certainly, arguing a religion is worse because it has this or that doctrine is a mistake. Religions cherry-pick their observance according to circumstance and the willingness of believers to accept it. 

    That’s not to say religion– its power structures, the types of thinking it encourages, the doctrines that are remembered and acted on– have no independent effect on people and situations, or that those are not harmful. But to say that this religion or that is worse because of the worst actions justified by it at a particular moment in time is missing the whole picture, to say the least.

    It’s also to ignore the variability and factions within each religion, and to treat them as a monolithic entities, again a view promoted by the religious at least when it is convenient. That can easily become bigotry, and is certainly not rational.

  15. Are you a POE or was this a serious comment?
     
    No religion has anything going for it in terms of rational thinking but some are definitely worse than others in the way in which they behave towards other members of the human family.
     
    If one’s own house has its accumulation of detritus (and to be sure no one is spotless)  that doesn’t mean you can’t point out the piles of steaming stinking excrement in someone elses.
     
    At stake here are not principles of moral high ground or equivocation.  A mentally handicapped child is at risk of a terrible death and any right minded person should be outraged by it.

    Signed!

  16. Right wing scaremongering?
    Islam is no better or worse thn any other religion?
    Time for you to do some reading nd reviewing of the vile supremacist,totalitarian,fascist dogma that is Islam.
    Visit http://www.thereligionofpeace.com to keep abreast of the current body count created by the diligent followers of Allah the imaginary.
    I suspect that you’ve imbibed the quasi religious dogma of Gramscian political correctness and for want of a better expression “cultural equivalence”.
    What is your objection to the Daily Mail reporting the regular abominable behaviour of some Muslims such as the most recent case of a mother and father murdering their daughter because she wanted to dump the detritus of Islam?
    Try living in the midst of a Pakistani community and visit clips from channel 4′s undercover mosque to understand their
    fatuous supremacist belief.

  17. @rdfrs-c7698faf7c58eacb3c87370f6ea351d9:disqus ,

    A mother’s cry for help, “Last week an enraged crowd threatened to burn my daughter alive, and
    in 48 hours a judge will decide whether she goes free or stays in jail.”

    So what in your world view is a fair response from non-Pakistani people? I am guessing it would be on the lines of, “Sorry ma’am, we sympathize with you but we need to clean our house first, so sod off”

    “Let us clean up our own shop before criticizing anyone else’s.”
    How about this, as a South Asian, when tyrants across Europe want to burn a non-Christian child for desecrating the bible, I will show the same disgust that most of us now have for the theocratic morons who dictate public policy in this part of the world (South Asia).  Until then, could you please pipe down your pseudo-secular bullshit.

  18. If the imam who had originally piped up with the ‘kill the blasphemer’ ranting had actually shown some line of reasoning due to the child’s handicap, this issue would probably never have gone as far. 

    So perhaps the imam was spectacularly stupid by having drawn attention to such a miscarriage of moral reasoning as instructed by their religion (and Pakistan’s laws) and so bringing the blasphemy law under more scrutiny. But from my perspective, despite the plight of the poor girl, this is a good thing because it brings an opportunity to set a new precedent and hopefully change this ridiculous law. Of course it could go the other way and reinforce it but I’m really hoping not.

    In the meantime, if everyone supports this imam’s fantastic own-goal, we should all send him a copy of the Koran. He can’t throw them out or burn them, he must look after them and keep them from harm so with any luck we’ll force him out of his home as it becomes storage for all these korans. I’d like to see what he’d do then to save facing the same punishment he’s condemned this girl to facing.

  19. I agree completely.  Religion causes lots of misery in the world no question but there are also plenty of examples where people with different religions get along fine.  I can’t think of a single religious conflict from history that didn’t also have other issues about power, natural resources, money, etc. behind it as well.

    BTW, you might enjoy the book Dying to Win: The Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert A Pape. He presents a detailed study of suicide terrorism from 1980 to 2003 and shows pretty convincingly that there are many other significant factors besides religion behind them. 

  20. I take great exception to being called “fascist” because of my profound loathing of Islam (the most loathsome of the three monotheistic religions) . I loathe fascism – Islam IS fascism.

  21. I take exception to people misusing language, especially as it happens so often in the US these days. People throw out terms like fascism, socialism, and communism without even the most basic understanding of what those terms mean.  So while I agree calling you a fascist because of your beliefs about Islam is nonsensical its just as nonsensical to say that Islam is Fascism. Fascism is a tyrannical system of government. Islam is a religion. Islamic governments can be fascist but so can Christian governments and secular ones.

  22. Dear Professor Dawkins

    Judging from the comments in this thread (and lots of others I’ve seen here over the years) it seems clear to me that quite a few of the posters on your site is still living in ‘The Matrix’, so to speak. Either that, or they’re just sinister and malevolent trolls, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, of course. It gets sad and annoying after a while, that behavior of perpetual sleepwalking. Very annoying. Don’t you just hate seeing ordinary people morph into those self righteous agents? And bullet dodging gets really tiresome in the long run, you know.

    I think it’s safe to say that lots of people can never be convinced of anything at all by any other means than through the fallacious ‘appeal to authority’-argument, and this is probably what they need in this case. At least as a primary wake-up-call.

    Could you please be even more of a hero than you already are and don the role of Morpheus every now and then to wake them up from their slumber? Show them that they’re actually batteries? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d be grateful for not having to shoot back at rubbery, spine twisting bullet dodgers all the time. Thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Bipedal “Red Pill” Primate

  23. Yes you are to a certain extent right Red Dog ; but if Fascism is defined as a totalitarian supremacist absolute dogma to rule adherents by(or even non adherents) then the political nature of Islam ticks all the boxes.
    Muslims don’t believe in secular democracy they want Sharia enforced by a religious police force.
    Islam is sick to the extent that poor souls are persecuted tortured and murdered if they are found guilty of insulting
    Mo the illiterate desert psychopath or Allah the useless.
    The penalty for apostasy is the inescapable condemnation of Islam as a barbaric creed .

  24. “if Fascism is defined as a totalitarian supremacist absolute dogma to rule adherents by(or even non adherents) then the political nature of Islam ticks all the boxes.”

    That is exactly what I’m talking about. You don’t understand either fascism or Islam. Your definition of fascism is “a totalitarian supremacist absolute dogma to rule adherents” I’m not exactly sure what that means but my best guess is you mean any government that requires absolute obedience and forbids basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech. That is not at all what fascism is. By your definition Soviet Russia, Communist China as well as most of Europe from the Dark Ages up to the Enlightenment were fascist. Your definition of Fascism is really Totalitarianism, a much more general concept. 

    And your claim that Islam equals Totalitarianism is also false. In fact after the second world there was an enormous outbreak of anti-colonialism, secularism, and democracy throughout the arab/islamic world. Secular democracies tried to take control in Islamic countries such as Egypt and Iran. And who put down those fledgling secular democracies? Who overthrew a fledgling secular democracy in Islamic Iran and  installed the Shah, who modeled his state after Nazi Germany? The ones that did that were the Christian governments of the US and UK.

    In fact one of the supreme ironies of the current world situation is that the wave of Islamic fundamentalism that causes so much misery in the world today was nurtured by the US and the UK during the cold war as a hedge against godless communism. The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Queda, Hamas, Islamic terrorists across the globe were given seed money from the CIA , the UK and Israel. 

  25. I agree with some of the concerns raised by the other commenters, but let’s be perfectly clear about this. We’re talking about a crime (from our perspective) that might be inflicted on one individual at most.

    You have to balance that against the brick to the back of the head of literally millions of Muslims in Europe, where this story is likely to be published. Many European Muslims are afraid to walk out the front door for fear of being victims of hate crimes of various sorts.

  26. So what are you suggesting? That the USAF should bomb them to kingdom
    come (which is the position that has been spearheaded by Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens)?

    There is more to these blasphemy cases than meets the eye, at any rate. The Western governments, and especially the Israelis,  pour an unbelievable amount of resources into inciting civil unrest in “enemy nations”. The success of these subversive tactics is often a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the mere suspicion of a Zionist plot is frequently enough to provoke a disproportionate reaction.

  27.  @rdfrs-c7698faf7c58eacb3c87370f6ea351d9:disqus

    The Western governments, and especially the Israelis,  pour an
    unbelievable amount of resources into inciting civil unrest in “enemy
    nations”.

    Fascinating, as is, no doubt, the evidence you’ll present to support that assertion.

  28. The Soviet Union and the Nazis were in reality two sides of the same coin with violent and murderous treatment to anyone who positioned themselves outside their dogmatic confines.
    Authoritarianism which maintains it’s authority by such methods is a common meme of Islamists,communists, and
    fascists,(especially the latter which believes in racial supremacy).
    Whenever there is a movement where inculcated dogma trumps common sense then I’m against it.
    I’m a libertarian atheist w ho believes that the promotion of science(truth) to the masses will result in progress and the advancement of enlightened civilisation.
    I believe that there should be more derision and denigration of dangerous ideology such as Islam through broadcasted satire(e.g. The life of Mohammed withmJohn Cleese as Allah and Rowan Atkinson as Mohammed)
    Sadly the influence of the sociological turds who have created the ethos of political correctness are very much on power and should be thrown out onto the streets.(In my view their jaundiced dogma is quasi-criminal as they are in reality enablers of the 7th century ideological poison that is Islam)

  29. I suggest we bomb them, yes, good idea.

    But with leaflets telling them not to kill for the sake of religion.

    And I suggest we all sign the petition and pass it on to all our contacts.

    I, too would like to see your evidence for pouring an unbelievable amount of resources into inciting civil unrest in “enemy nations”.
    And also, your evidence for your claim that millions of Muslims in Europe are afraid of a ‘brick to the back of the head’.

    All the evidence I’ve seen suggests that other minorities are far more vulnerable, and Muslims are more often the aggressors. Here is a typical case:
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/rabbi… 

    And there are thousands more if you look.

  30. I cannot myself in good conscience sign this petition. Not because I don’t agree with the sentiment (I do), but because I feel quite acutely that as a Westerner I have no right to interfere in the affairs of the developing world — especially a country like Pakistan with democractically elected representatives, both of men and women.

    The Iraq war was by almost every measure as bad as the Nazi holocaust in terms of wanton and indiscriminate slaughter of an innocent civilian population. I believe very strongly that my people have no right to get on their high horses after inflicting such an atrocity upon the Islamic world.

    The treatment of Muslims in Europe parallels that of blacks under Apartheid. And this is going on here, where our votes can make a difference.

  31. “The Western governments, and especially the Israelis,  pour an 

    unbelievable amount of resources into inciting civil unrest in “enemy 

    nations”.

    “Fascinating, as is, no doubt, the evidence you’ll present to support that assertion”

    I don’t know about Israel but here are a few examples of the US pouring resources into inciting civil unrest in enemy nations:

    Cuba. The US waged a proxy war against Cuba from the 1960’s through at least the 1980’s. They gave millions via the CIA to the goons who used to run Batista’s tyrranical regime and those goons sponsored countless acts of terrorism against Cuba. This included attacks on tourist destinations, sabotage of Cuba’s sugar crops and other resources, and terror attacks on Cuban airlines. 
    Iran. In iran the US and UK started by funding goons to riot and protest against the  government of Mossadegh. Mossadegh was elected in free elections and developed a secular democracy. If the US and UK hadn’t interfered Iran would probably still be a secular democracy. Instead they went from just funding civil unrest to funding a full blown revolution. They did this because even though Mossadegh was a secular democrat he also believed that Iran should have some control and benefit from its oil resources. The US and UK overthrew him and installed the Shah of Iran, one of the most barbaric tyrants in history, a men who modeled both his armies uniforms and torture techniques after Nazi Germany.  The Shah gave control of the oil back to US and UK corporations. The only group that could stand up to and eventually overthrow the Shah were the Islamic fundamentalists, who are as a result still in power. 

    I could give you many further examples from Central and South America (Chile Niceragua, Guatemala), Indonesia, Iran again (the US funded an organization that our own state department called terrorists because they were against the current regime), Iraq (before we invaded the US sponsored many splinter groups hostile to Hussein,…

  32. “I cannot myself in good conscience sign this petition. Not because I don’t agree with the sentiment (I do), but because I feel quite acutely that as a Westerner I have no right to interfere in the affairs of the developing world”

    I understand your sentiment even though I completely disagree. As Westerners we have more control and responsibility for our own governments. It always bothers me that Sam Harris spends all his effort criticizing the many crimes of Islamic governments and virtually no time on crimes of his own government. Not because I don’t agree that the Islamic crimes are bad but that he should also spend at least as much time on crimes of the US. 

    But having said all that I strongly disagree about not signing the petition.  This is clearly a crime of the absolute worst nature and any person who believes in reason and basic rights for all humans should criticize it IMO. 

  33. “The Soviet Union and the Nazis were in reality two sides of the same coin with violent and murderous treatment to anyone who positioned themselves outside their dogmatic confines.”

    Yes, so what. You are still totally abusing the term fascist if you call the Soviet Union Fascist. You are just equating Fascist with “bad” or “totalitarian”. Its not. It has a specific meaning that you either don’t understand or don’t care about. As someone who believes in reason I want to see reason used in all discussions and that includes discussion about politics and you can’t have a rational discussion if you ignore the basic terminology of political science. 

  34. Because there are certain crimes that are so heinous that they transcend national boundaries. Crimes such as pedophilia, torture, mass murder, “honor” killings, FGM, are so offensive to basic human rights that people have the duty to pressure governments, even governments that aren’t their own, to give them proper justice and to support the victims who may not get justice if left to the nation without outside interference. I would include this case as an obvious example, especially since given the track record of Pakistan there is good reason to fear that justice won’t be done here. 

    Were you against the anti-apartheid movement that put intense pressure on South Africa to end apartheid? Why not just leave that to the South African people and government? 

  35. It doesn’t work – to let the “democratically elected representatives of Pakistan” deal with it.  You have a right to speak because you are a member of the human race.  Voicing an opinion doesn’t kill anyone.  It’s not an act of aggression.  As humanists, we are saying that this is not how we want the world to be and we use rational argument to support our view.  If we don’t speak, then no one knows what we think and the people who we need to reach at this critical time – the people who, disgustingly, have the power of life and death over this child – will take our silence as complicity.

  36.  Apatheid is different. That is a case of state force being used to deny self-determination to the majority of the population.

    This blasphemy case is only a single person. Okay, it’s horrible, but what can we do? It would be equivalent to us intefering in the affairs of the United States when they next feel like executing an innocent man.

  37. Imam held in Pakistan blasphemy case

    Human rights groups have condemned the conditions Rimsha is being held in

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl

    Pakistani police have arrested an imam accused of planting burnt pages of the Koran in the bag of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, officials say.

    The girl was detained two weeks ago near the capital Islamabad after an angry mob demanded she be punished.

    However, a witness has testified that imam Khalid Chishti put the pages in the bag himself, local media say.

  38. ” Apatheid is different. That is a case of state force being used to deny self-determination to the majority of the population.”

    You are really grasping for straws now. Come on are you seriously saying that its OK for the state to discriminate and persecute small numbers of people (blasphemers, women) as long as its not a minority persecuting a majority? So by that logic there was no sense in people outside the US putting pressure on the US to end slavery and later to end lynching and grant blacks civil rights? 

    “It would be equivalent to us intefering in the affairs of the United States when they next feel like executing an innocent man.”

    I’m all for that as well.  Groups that go beyond national borders like Amnesty International DO get involved in individual cases in the US where men are tortured in jails or even in extreme cases where its obvious someone received the death penalty for political reasons or via a massive miscarriage of justice. 

  39. “This blasphemy case is only a single person. Okay, it’s horrible, but what can we do? It would be equivalent to us intefering in the affairs of the United States when they next feel like executing an innocent man.”

    Here is a specific example where an International organization is trying to pressure the US government to not execute an innocent man. The case is Mumia Abu-Jimal. Here is an excerpt from the web site that describes the organization working to free him:

    “The movement to free Mumia is large, diverse and is supported by heads of state from France to South Africa, by Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Desmund Tutu, by the European Parliament, by distinguished human rights organizations like Amnesty International, city governments from Detroit to San Francisco to Paris, “

    From: http://www.freemumia.com/?page… 

    I support these movements and as a US citizen am glad when other countries put pressure on my government in the name of justice. 

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