Radical Islamists Torch Effigy of Pope Benedict at Protest

The Islamists were upset that the pope spoke out against their blasphemy laws.

Pakistani demonstrators burn an effigy of Pope Benedict XVI as they react to recent statements about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Islamist protesters have demonstrated in three cities against a call by Pope Benedict XVI for Pakistan to scrap its blasphemy laws. The laws stipulate the death sentence for anyone insulting Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Critics say the laws are often used to persecute Christians and other minorities or to settle personal vendettas. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

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