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Pakistan blasphemy legislation petition August 26, 2009

Posted by Andrew in Justice.
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I often get asked whether Christian-Mulsim dialogue is a worthwhile activity. People want to know whether it actually achieves anything, do we tackle difficlut issues or just sit round having a nice time.

Well I hope the following link gives some indication of the fruits of our labours. It’s a petition to the Pakistani governement asking for the repeal of the Blasphemy laws in that country. These laws have been used by some Muslims to legitimise attacks on christians and this happened in a particularly viscious way recently.

This petition has been written by a Muslim and a Christian and has come about in part due to the discussions we’ve had at dialgue events where we’ve been able to highlight the plight of Christians in Pakistan in a way that doesn’t blame the Muslims here but enables them to see the injustice of what’s happening.

Do take a look, sign it if you can, and if you’re unsure about the value of dialogue I hope this inspires you to see its worth and get involved.

Pakistan blasphemy legislation petition

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What makes your blood boil? June 30, 2009

Posted by Richard in Justice, Youth Work.
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My favourite sporting event is nearly over, in fact it is as good as finished. I have the shirt, I have watched nearly all the matches even having to sneak off to watch some of them. I am now going to have to wait 4 years for it to come around again.

When the final whistle blew on Saturday I was furious and I can feel this emotion rising upeverytime some one wants to talk to me about it. Lions lose series in last gasp penalty explains why. Of course losing hurts and missed tackles and giving away stupid penalties in the dying seconds is deeply irritating. But it is more than that. Since when was eye-gouging part of any sport. To only get a yellow card, then only an 8 week suspension and have a coach who initially was totally unapologetic makes me angry… it makes me more than angry. To hear certain ex-players say rugby is ‘a mans sport’ does not help my blood pressure either. Men do not insert fingers into other people’s eyes

Not wishing to sound like a child but it is not fair and justice seems to be lacking. As I begin to calm down I still make no apologies for caring about sport and being angry. However I wonder if this sense of injustice is matched in other areas of my life. Does noticing injustice motivate me in my life and faith? Does it affect the places I choose to go and young people I choose to work with? Are we just too interested in being comfortable?