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The Pakistani government has told leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA to take down the organization's U.S.-based website or face prosecution under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Ahmadis regard the sect's founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, as a prophet subordinate to Mohammad. They regard themselves as Muslim but are regarded as heretics and officially repressed in Pakistan. The leaders of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA are all U.S. citizens. But prosecution could make it dangerous for them to visit relatives in Pakistan.

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  1. I knew what this post would be about when I saw the picture. Muslim countries are so predictable.

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    2. You saw a picture of a famous mosque and knew somehow the brickbat would be related to Islam? Teach me your weirding ways of observation!

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  2. Still not as harsh as Disney’s lawyers.

  3. This is what a theocracy actually looks like.

    1. So, not that much different from the Church of Woke?

      1. And not much different from church of MAGA either. Religious orthodoxy is the same everywhere.

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  4. This is an outrage! Now let’s talk about the NFL and whether or not they rig the games in favor of Tom Brady. Or just about anything else, because I have a very difficult time giving a shit what happens to Muslims. Even if they are “peaceful” Muslims.

    1. Ah, but here is the problem with that:

      Islam holds that all humans are Muslims at birth, but unless raised in Islam, they undergo a process of forgetting Islam. (Devout Muslims never say someone converted to Islam, but rather that they reverted to Islam.)

      Thus, whatever totalitarian thoughtcrime bans Islamic regimes impose on Muslim expats really are directed at all of us.

      Recall also, the global rioting of Muslims over Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and the Ayatollah of Iran’s fatwa against Rushdie prompted violence against U.S. publishers and booksellers so bad that one-third of bookstores didn’t carry Rushdie’s book.

      Again, these totalitarian moves by Islamic regimes affect all of us.

      Kuffirs talking about shiny thingies like the NFL up to the point that they face the call to revert to Islam or die by a schimitar is just what Islamofascists want.

      1. “Islam holds that all humans are Muslims at birth, but unless raised in Islam, they undergo a process of forgetting Islam.” Yeah, well, Islam is wrong about that.

        1. Of course Islam is wrong about that. No one is born with any beliefs about religion or gods or anything else.

          I point out Islam’s position to show that, according to Islam, the world is Allah’s oyster. Thus, when Islamic governments target blasphemy and apostasy, anyone and everyone is a potential target, regardless of national borders.

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    2. That’s just it. The Islamic Pakistani Government is targeting people regardless of national borders. Iran did the same thing in the Eighties when it sent assassins to Europe to murder Iranian expat opponents of the Ayatollah.

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  9. Are the neocons dusting off Pakistan invasion plans now?

    1. War might not be the best first response, but cutting off foreign aid and kicking out Pakistan’s embassy and consulates would be a perfect response. They need a gentle reminder that the U.S. doesn’t play around about threats to the free speech and expression of U.S. Citizens.

      1. the U.S. doesn’t play around about threats to the free speech and expression of U.S. Citizens.

        Not outside of its own borders, at any rate.

        1. The fight for free expression is a fight in two theaters, both against enemies abroad and enemies at home, it is true.

          Groups like FIRE fight censoring authorities on the home front, but going against a foreign nation-state takes more than litigation.

  10. Biden/Harris/Pelosi/Schumer have imposed martial law in DC (without declaring martial law, so far) for the past three weeks, a fence with razor wire has been built around the US Capitol (while the border wall with Mexico has been halted), and Pelosi said she wants the troops and fence to remain until March (and probably until Pelosi loses her gavel in 2022).

    But of course, Reason distracts readers with articles like this, while refusing to even acknowledge the Biden Democrats as the greatest threats to the America’s Constitution, freedom, civil liberties and the future of America.

    1. Again, not defending Reason’s editorial policies and endorsements, but one can defend free expression against threats both foreign and domestic, as I certainly do. In fact, defending free expression at home gives the U.S. as a nation and libertarians in particular more credibility and cashet when defending free expression abroad.

    2. I’m curious what version of Reason you’re reading. Because when I read through the “Latest” link, I see:
      – “Federal Mask Cops To Start Targeting Travelers Today” (by ENB no less)
      – “Biden’s Orders Continue the Presidency’s Slide Toward Elective Monarchy”
      – “The Sordid History of the Fairness Doctrine”
      – “‘Incompetent Government Kills People,’ Says Andrew Cuomo Unironically”
      and, yes, even an article that mentioned (though only in passing) the outrageous plans to make security barriers in the capitol permanent.

    3. It’s far more important to at least one or more editors that Reasonites be concerned with the branding of english soy milk in Italy or Greece than with the Pakistani government trying to shut down an American website *or* effective martial law in DC. That’s why the EU’s branding regulations got a full story rather than just a brickbat or no story at all.

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