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Pakistan Bans The Words “Jesus Christ”

Girls, this news disturbed me so much that I was compelled to share it with you in its entirety, especially now. Thanks to charismanews.com for this important update.

Pakistan is grouping pornography and Jesus Christ in the same heap.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, or PTA, compiled a list of what it considers obscene and offensive words and has ordered mobile phone companies to block text messages that contain them.

The list includes words like “condom,” “flatulence,” “monkey crotch” and “Jesus Christ.” Mobile phone companies must start screening text messages for 586 Urdu words and 1,109 English words by Nov. 21, according to local media.

An unofficial letter from the PTA from its Islamabad headquarters outlines the balance between free speech and pornography in the Constitution of the Islamic republic of Pakistan, then explains the goal of its list is to tackle spam. The PTA describes spam as “the transmission of harmful, fraudulent, misleading, illegal or unsolicited messages in bulk to any person without express permission of the recipient.”

Although many of the words on the list are legitimately obscene or suggestive, banning the Jesus Christ, the name above all names, is leading some to question Pakistan’s motives. The PTA letter clearly stated that free speech could be restricted “in the interest and glory of Islam.”

Pakistan ranks No. 11 on Open Doors’ 2011 World Watch List. According to Open Doors, religious freedom is constantly being eroded there. Open Doors reports:

“In 2010, 29 Christians were killed and four were sentenced for blasphemy. At least 58 Christians were kidnapped and at least 100 were physically harmed. During the devastating floods of August 2010, Christians experienced discrimination from local authorities and Muslims in the distribution of aid. In November 2010, a Christian woman was sentenced to death for blasphemy.”

What do you think about this?

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25 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by 101magster on February 27, 2012 at 18:51

    ok, but thats kinda weird that its called the “PTA”. I saw that at first and was like “what? why would the parent teacher association want to ban that word?”

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by luvJesusInHeavn on December 27, 2011 at 23:26

    This is….I don’t…what…but….but…BUT I LOVE JESUS!!! DX This is…!

  3. Dee

    Posted by Dee on December 27, 2011 at 16:48

    That’s terrible! I don’t know what else to say! This brings tears to my eyes. Pakistan is a restricted nation where people are killed for what they believe, and though the government technically tolerates it, they really don’t. Jesus Christ loves these people, and they are afraid of him. He intimidates them. Why?

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Katelin on December 27, 2011 at 13:42

    This is heart breaking!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Mary K8 on December 27, 2011 at 08:06

    I will be praying for them… I can’t imagine having that many restrictions on everything, or having someone deciding what I can/cannot say in a text message! We are so blessed in America, and yet so many take it for granted :/

  6. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 26, 2011 at 20:17

    Excuse my french,but this is some bull-crap! I can see how Monkey Crotch is obscene,condom is not bad,but above all,how could they ban the name of Jesus Christ! The name that puts fear in Satan and makes demons flee! We have to speak of for Christ because no one else will these days. Jesus Jesus Jesus!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Chelseyfaith on December 26, 2011 at 19:34

    That’s absolutely horrible. It’s such a shame, how bad people treat our Lord and how they treat us the people who worship our Lord. It sickens me; how evil this world is. As Christians, we need to take a stand and pray!

  8. iceepurple4u2

    Posted by iceepurple4u2 on December 26, 2011 at 18:27

    This is is so horrible! All my prayers go out to the Christian Pakistans. Keep fighting for your beliefs and God will reward you. Don;t give up! God Bless!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Theake on December 26, 2011 at 08:59

    I know we need to stop funding Pakistan, but it hurts me deeply to know that our brothers and sisters are being killed and tortured in Pakistan because they’re right for believing in JESUS CHRIST. Prayers should go out to them; their privacy is being violated, and their/our savior JESUS CHRIST is being classified with gross, sexual terms.

  10. garneraddy

    Posted by garneraddy on December 25, 2011 at 20:07

    SO horrible!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by ClaudiaVerenisse on December 25, 2011 at 15:40

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” -Mathew 5:11

  12. Glamcat101

    Posted by Glamcat101 on December 24, 2011 at 22:04

    This is SOOO TERIBLE!!!!Peoplea should do something about this . This is NOT right.

  13. grace_smith15

    Posted by grace_smith15 on December 24, 2011 at 21:44

    Oh my goodness, this is so sad. Defiantly praying!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on December 24, 2011 at 21:08

    I think this is outrageous. I cannot believe that they would ban people from using their own father’s name. It is okay there is a loophole. Emmanuel. Yaway ( don’t know how to spell it). Lord. Father. God. and if so be it although it is thoroughly disrespectful god with a lowercase g. They can all be used. Prayers going your way.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on December 24, 2011 at 20:13

    Horrible. I don’t see how I could stand strong enough to speak out under those circumstances. It’s hard enough as it is!

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kaitlynard on December 24, 2011 at 19:26

    That’s horrible!!!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on December 24, 2011 at 16:35

    That’s so awful! I’ll be praying for everyone who can’t express their beliefs. I hope God will work in them and keep them strong!

  18. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on December 24, 2011 at 15:10

    That is so sad! I now know how important the First Amendment is for our country! I mean…words like “condom” I can understand. But I can totally see why we go to war against them and why we want countries to have democratic governments. Everyone should have the gift of religious freedom. Even though we are called to tell people about Christ, I still think people have the right to believe in what they want to.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by galeprimrue on December 24, 2011 at 14:56

    Oh my gosh. My prayers will definitely go to the Christians in Pakistan…. that is terrible….

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Samantha on December 24, 2011 at 14:49

    That is outrageous!!! I am appalled and speachless….

  21. Dreamer

    Posted by Dreamer on December 24, 2011 at 14:25

    What the heck?!?!?!?!??!??!??!!
    That is so not right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Jesusluvr

    Posted by Jesusluvr on December 24, 2011 at 13:40

    It is quite devastating that a name that we (Christians) associate with the utmost love, grace, and peace is being considered as “obscene and offensive”.I will keep this issue in my prayers.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by CatTheJournalist on December 24, 2011 at 12:43

    I was literally speechless upon reading this.. it makes me feel so extremely blessed to live in America, where we have so much religious freedom. God’s people should not be treated like so just because of their beliefs!

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by Allison on December 24, 2011 at 12:43

    That’s totally wrong! I can’t BELIEVE how wrong the world is! WHAT HAPPENED to free speech?! Cause That’s not it! If you can’t talk about your religion, then your not free! I don’t care what people say, I don’t care weather I’m allowed to say jesus Christ or not! You know what I say to those people? JESUS CHRIST JESUS CHRIST JESUS CHRIST! I’m not going to stop talking about him because 1 person says not to!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by RachelMarie on December 25, 2011 at 19:23

      “What happened to free speech”? Pakistan never had free speech, at least not like we have in America. Keep in mind cultural boundaries before you make assumptions.