Pakistan Ready to Issue Death Warrant Against Zuckersberg and Andy
By on June 18th, 2010

Facebook has really upset the Muslim world with its “Draw Muhammad” page and this brought trouble for Mark Zuckersberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook.

A criminal proceeding against Mark Zuckersberg is in place and he is being investigated against for the highly controversial “Everybody Draw Muhammad” page. This proceeding is taking place in Pakistan which also happens to be one of the larger Muslim nations and has better connections with the west. Also involved in this proceeding are Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and  Dustin Moskovitz and Andy, a German who started the page.

A Facebook spokesperson has refused to comment on this calling the matter legal. These charges are being pressed against the 295-C of the Pakistan penal court which says,

Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine.

According to that, Facebook has committed a heinous crime though; I have a question to ask here.  Is is right to issue a death warrant against the founder and the people running Facebook? They are not the ones who created the page in the first place!

Although Mark Zuckersberg never stops getting into trouble, but this is the biggest trouble he can get into.

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  • teeer

    Aaah religion, what a wonderful thing to spice up your life.

    (No but really, all religions should be banned forever. Religions are in the way of evolution.)

  • Nollog

    "I have a question to ask here. Is is right to issue a death warrant against the founder and the people running Facebook? They are not the ones who created the page in the first place!"

    … Is it right to want someone dead for drawing a picture?

    • Tim

      Agreed, I think that's the correct question. The article seems to suggest that someone should die, just not Zuckerberg. Preposterous. They were pictures. Piss be upon them.

  • john

    the usual muslim response to anything:

    BBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  • Bob

    @ teeer. You lump all religions together, so you are obviously ignorant. People blaspheme Jesus all the time and Christians are regularly blasted in the media, but we don't call for anyone's death or punishment. That's because Jesus said "love your enemies". That's a little different from what you're reading in this article.

    • AC

      "…but we don’t call for anyone’s death or punishment"

      Well, not as much as you did once, but there are current prosecutions for blasphemy against people in Spain and Poland, and Ireland recently enacted a new blasphemy law, and the UK has a religious hatred law that has seen at least one prosecution. And that's just what I can immediately recall

      • Bob

        Those are laws passed by governments.
        You will not find writings in the Bible that call for those who oppose Christianity to be punished or killed. If you check out the Koran, I think you'll find different teachings.

      • Bob

        Before you jump on my comment about the Bible, notice that I said "Christianity". Nothing in the New Testament ever tells us to return anything but love to our enemies. If we do, we are disobeying a DIRECT COMMAND from Jesus.

        • Tim

          Matthew 5:17 NAB Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.

          - Jesus says everything in the OT still applies.

          Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst.

          - Kill heretics.

          Also note that this law was passed by the Pakistani government just like you claimed Christian blasphemy laws are. There are Muslims who swear up and down, just as you have, that their book tells them to love infidels. I highly doubt it, but haven't investigated it too thoroughly.

      • Bob

        Tim

        You quoted Matthew 5:17 NAB Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.

        Your conclusion – Jesus says everything in the OT still applies.

        Taking scripture out of context always allows a chance for error. If you continue to read what Jesus is saying, you will see that your interpretation cannot be accurate.

        Matthew 5:38 NAS "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. "Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

  • DJ

    They may not be the ones who created it but they are the ones profiting from it.

  • Pallab De

    Another example of Facebook's policy of getting into trouble first and then trying to think of a way out!

  • Maz Hasan

    Saudi Arabia, Gulf & other muslim countries ignored it! Even Iran ,considerd most radical (Salman Rushdi fatwa) has learnt to live with modern times. Pakistan, unfortunately is totally exploited by conspiracy theorists (media & mullahs). Pakistan Judiciary is a laughing stock.It is headed by a greedy, totally corrupt judge who was thrown out by President Musharaf. He survived just because some corrupt politicians used him as bait to overthrow President Musharaf !

  • Ross

    No, surely terms and conditions? Simply state that users can create pages and Facebook will not be held liable for any offense it may cause? Simples.

 
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