Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Churches Condemn Christian Murder in Pakistan; Shahbaz Bhatti Was Minister of Minority Affairs

The Presiding Bishop of the ecumenical Church of Pakistan has condemned the brutal murder today (March 2, 2011) of Shahbaz Bhatti by religious fanatics in Islamabad, according to the Ekklesia website.

Bhatti, a Christian, was the Federal Minister of Minority Affairs, and had spoken out publicly on Pakistan's blasphemy laws and on other issues impacting minority groups.

The statement from Bishop Samuel Azariah declared that "the Christian community is not only sad and hurt at this heinous act, but considers itself absolutely unsafe in the present circumstances of Pakistan."

The bishop added: "We do not have the freedom of expressing our point of view."

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