SARGODHA: Santa Claus booked by the police over uttering “blasphemous chants.”
As CIP has learned, last month a Pakistani Muslim man (his name being withheld) was booked by the police over allegedly committing blasphemy. He was allegedly accused of uttering blasphemous chants, “Merry Christmas!” and singing “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.” A local religious group states: chanting “Merry Christmas!” and singing “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way” is cited as blasphemy.
On Christmas Eve, this unfortunate old man dressed in a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots; cheerful and joyous chubby and white-bearded while wearing spectacles was hooked on blasphemy charges as he went around the streets carrying a bag full of gifts for children. The police after his detention however stated: he is accused of uttering blasphemous chants while carrying a bag full of what seemed like gifts for children. A day after the incident, while Santa Claus was still in police lockup, an infuriated crowd ransacked the police station storming into his lockup setting his bag on fire along with all the gifts inside. Sources also report that some adherents of a group even chanted “Kafir Kafir, Kafir!” slogans for Santa just outside the police station. The hopping mad mob then thrust in the police station, carrying sticks and rods to implement their joint verdict to the Blasphemer Santa.
The allegedly accused Santa sternly denies accusations of being an Ahmadi or a Shia and identified himself as: a mythical figure who makes a list of children around the globe, dividing them in synchrony with their behaviour, delivering presents, that include toys, and candy to the well-behaved ones, and occasionally coal to the naughty ones on Christmas Eve. While expressing his point of view about the blasphemy charges on him he said: Well I honestly don’t get the blasphemy laws in all religions. I mean technically every person who does not adhere to your religious beliefs basically is blaspheming. So where do you draw the line? So every person who doesn’t believe Jesus to be the son of God would blaspheme according to Christian beliefs and everyone who does believe that would blaspheme according to the belief system of every other religion. Do you get why the blasphemy laws don’t make much sense?
His accusers, on the other hand assert that he was heard by many chanting “Merry Christmas” and singing “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way” that is cited as evidence of blasphemy. According to the Islamic clerics wishing anyone “Merry Christmas”, is basically accepting Jesus Christ as the son of God, which certainly is contrary to the Islamic belief.