The details about Taimoor Raza's posts aren't known, but the Guardian reports that he got into an online debate about Islam last year with a man who was actually an undercover counter-terrorism agent.A perfect example of why states shouldn't be involved in religion, blasphemy laws are common in Pakistan and other muslim states. Other men are on death row in Pakistan over blasphemy, but Raza is the first there because of online statements. The problem, as some human rights organizations have said, is that it opens up the possibility of people being framed. It's easier to fake a post than fake something that requires credible witnesses.
"An anti-terrorism court of Bahawalpur has awarded him the death sentence," says a public prosecutor. Raza, who belongs to the nation's Shia minority, will be able to appeal his verdict to the nation's Supreme Court.
Something to remember as sharia laws creep into America and the anti sharia law protests last weekend.