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pope speaks against use of islamic blasphemy laws as an excuse for violence and discrimination

“Salman Taseer's daughter Sara: "This is a message to every liberal to shut up or be shot"

“Pope Benedict XVI has called on Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws, which can carry a death sentence for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

“He said the laws served as a pretext for acts of injustice and violence against religious minorities." [Quoted from bbc.co.uk]

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“ “The particular influence of a given religion in a nation ought never to mean that citizens of another religion can be subject to discrimination in social life or, even worse, that violence against them can be tolerated,” the Pope said."

“ Religious freedom is "the first of human rights," because it is about man's relation with his Creator, he said.” [Quoted from catholicnewsagency.com]

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