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04/20/2005 - James White
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Koran was shot dead Wednesday after being chased by an angry crowd.Keep in mind that there is a growing Muslim population in Canada seeking Shariah there. And for the believing Muslim in a Muslim nation, every single one of the articles I have written simply defending the NT and comparing it with the claims for the Qur'an could, and most probably would, be taken as blasphemy.
Ashiq Nabi, in his thirties, was accused of being disrespectful to Islam's holy book and had been in hiding since Monday, a senior police official said.
"Today, a mob spotted him and shot him dead," said Mazahar ul Haq, police chief of Nowshera town, about 100 km (62 miles) west of the capital, Islamabad.
Blasphemy, including desecrating the Koran, is a capital offence in deeply Islamic Pakistan and carries the death sentence, but convictions have always been turned down by high courts because of a lack of evidence.
Witnesses said the man was chased through fields and climbed a tree to get away from an angry crowd of up to 500 men. When he refused to come down, someone shot him dead, they said.
Human rights activists want the blasphemy law to be struck off the books saying it is often abused by people to settle personal disputes or religious rivalry.
Islamic Apologetics and New Testament Transmission (#21)
04/09/2005 - James WhiteIt's been a few weeks since my last installment in this series. As you can see, I've been a bit busy with other topics. As we return to the lengthy quotation from Bentley on a, we recall that we have already documented the less-than-accurate perspective offered by Bentley (which is probably why our Muslim authors chose this citation). This continues in the following section:
Even more strikingly, because Codex Sinaiticus was worked over by correctors long after it was first written, one can actually see this process of alteration for doctrinal reasons at work. Two examples make this abundantly clear. In both cases later correctors have objected to the text as preserved by the great codex. The first example concerns Jesus praying on the Mount of Olives.Bentley's assumption may or may not be true, in the sense that it is always easy to speculate as to why scribes would read a text in a particular fashion, why they would, or would not, seek to harmonize it with a parallel account, etc. One of the problems with focusing upon a particular manuscript and taking it outside the tradition as a whole (as Bentley does) is that you then get a distorted view of the process. This is the case as well here. a is not the only text to contain this variant, though Bentley only mentions a single other text (B). As a result, one is given a very skewed picture. ...
According to the text of Codex Sinaiticus, St Luke's Gospel records that 'there appeared unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down upon the ground'. This text, with its suggestion that Jesus needed the support of an angel, and that before his arrest and trial he was in agony, is not to be found in the Vatican codex. Codex Sinaiticus clearly shows that the debate about them affected later scribes. One of them has placed dots beside the text, indicating that it ought to be deleted. A yet later scribe has carefully tried to erase these dots.
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