The Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. Send Your Response.

Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was murdered Wednesday morning. He was the only Christian member of the Pakistani President’s Cabinet. Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, courageously spoke out against the misuse of the country's blasphemy laws by Islamic extremists and spoke up for religious minorities, including Christians. His positions made him the No. 1 target of the Taliban but he still committed himself to standing up for the minorities and for human rights. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr., of Pakistan

I finally got to sit down and talk to him [last month] and was just astounded by his humble spirit and his passion. He struck me during the conversation as kind of the Pakistani Martin Luther King, Jr.

He was just so concerned with the rights of the minorities and he was so passionate about Jesus and about doing what was necessary even though he knew he was a target. I was just so deeply impressed with him.

I think the assassination of Pakistan's only Christian Cabinet member and the main voice for religious freedom [in Pakistan] really casts and ominous vision on the country's future because his work for minorities was the best chance that that country had currently for all religions to be respected in Pakistan and for the majority of Islam to be represented well to the rest of the world.

Only Pakistan can determine whether it will be a country where religious extremists will rule or whether all religious citizens will be treated with respect and given freedom to practice their religion. They got to decide that. This is, I think, a galvanizing moment for all voices who want a society that is governed by reasonable, yet devoted Muslims to take their country back from extremists.

This event is a call for all reasonable and faithful citizens to stand against the forces of personal destruction that comes from the religious fundamentalist and extremist voices throughout the world.