Members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan march during a demonstration against the death sentence of Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan 31.
KABUL, Afghanistan – Conservative clerics and elders demanded Thursday that the Afghan government not interfere with a controversial death sentence handed down to a young journalist convicted of insulting Islam for distributing a report questioning polygamy.
Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, 23, was sentenced to death on Jan. 22 by a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for handing out a report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at Balkh University.
The article questioned why men can have four wives but women cannot have multiple husbands.
Maryam Namazie is a rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is the Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Equal Rights Now; but also the
*Â Central Committee member of the ‘Worker-communist Party of Iran’Â springs into action:
“Many have rightly come to his defence and must keep the pressure on. But to defend Parwiz by saying he did not ‘intend’ to blaspheme misses the entire point. This is exactly what the likes of the Muslim Council of Britain say in order to conceal the responsibility of their political Islamic movement. For example, the MCB ‘greeted’ the release of Gillian Gibbons (the British schoolteacher who was imprisoned in Sudan for allowing her 7 year old students to name their class teddy bear Mohammad) by saying she had not ‘intended to deliberately insult the Islamic faith’.
“What they are basically saying is that victims and their ‘intentions’ are to blame for the injustices and barbarity of Islamic law. Moreover, they are implying that if someone knew they were blaspheming, or if their actions or statements were so clearly blasphemous that they should have known better, then the death penalty or calls for their death are permissible â€“ or at the very least understandable. The smokescreen of ‘intent’ aims to conceal the real issue at hand, which is Islam in power….”
Maryam Namazie organizes a demonstration against the death sentence of Afghan journo Parwiz Kambakhsh,Â but gets nothing but derision and ridicule from Bunglawussie’s MCB