Every civilization and every religion has experienced similar mob behavior and miscarriages of justice, but that is no excuse for the current misuse of the blasphemy laws that is taking place in Pakistan.
Whether you are Pussy Riot locked away in a Russian prison for a "punk prayer" or 14-year old Rimsha Masih, arrested after being accused of burning the Quran, the sad reality is that religious protectionism without freedom of expression is always a tool for power.
As a Muslim girl in the US, I'm appalled at the plight of a Christian girl charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. How can Muslims abuse minorities in their countries and expect to be respected in the West?
Pakistan has made almost no progress in reforming its deeply flawed law involving blasphemy. Such laws, on the one hand, discriminate against religious minorities and, on the other hand, further deepen religious intolerance in Pakistani society.
We ask the people of Pakistan to seriously debatethe blasphemy laws. Islam is about free will and we need to stand against any oppression towards any human being following in the footsteps of the prophet.