Someone on my twitter feed retweeted this:
The next time someone says something bad about Pakistan compared to the US, I’m going to point them to this:
Pakistan has taken the landmark decision to allow transsexuals to have their own gender category on some official documents.
You know, in the United States, we don’t have climate of fear over blasphemy laws:
This is where Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead in March. Bunches of flowers, many now dry and brown, are piled on the kerb. Large colour posters showing his picture are displayed alongside.
On seeing the media, guards from his mother’s home nearby rush out to explain what happened.
Mr Bhatti had just left her home, they say as they walk me through the short distance, when another car blocked his path at the junction and the gunmen inside it opened fire.
Mr Bhatti’s murder shocked Pakistan.
It came just weeks after the shooting of another prominent politician, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.
Both men had dared to speak out about the need for debate and possible reform of the controversial blasphemy laws.
And both men paid with their lives.
So, a checkbox on a government form for transsexuals and maybe transvestites. On the other hand, you have killing members of minority religions and people who think you shouldn’t probably kill members of minority religions.
And it’s a wash to some people. One merit, one demerit. Maybe two merits since it’s Christians and their defenders who are dying.