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CAIR Calls for Release of Pakistani Girl Held for ‘Blasphemy’

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CAIR Calls for Release of Pakistani Girl Held for ‘Blasphemy’

Good to see CAIR speak out about this as well (h/t: Fred). Doesn’t look like this fits the whole Islamization boogeyman, stealth jihad myths Islamophobes love to push.:

CAIR 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/12) – A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on the government of Pakistan to release Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl who is being held on blasphemy charges after she was accused of burning pages from a textbook that included verses from the Quran. Human rights organizations report that the girl, who is a minor, may have Down syndrome.

SEE: Amnesty International: Ensure Safety of Girl Whose Life Is at Risk

In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

“It is imperative that the government of Pakistan immediately release Rimsha Masih and ensure her safety and that of her family and their community. The arrest of such a young person, especially if she has a mental disability, is a serious violation of Islamic principles.

“Human rights violations like this must be condemned and challenged not only because of their great injustice against vulnerable people, but also because they are falsely committed in the name of Islam.

“It is reported that an angry mob played a role in inciting this arrest, and we ask Pakistani officials to investigate those circumstances. The reports of media and human rights organizations depict actions by local officials and extremist leaders that are unjust and contradictory to Islamic teachings.

“In this incident it is not the girl who violated Islam’s teachings but the extremists who seem to have fueled this unfounded anger.

“We recognize that President Zardari has ordered local officials to explain the arrest, but we urge more concrete actions to protect minorities and other vulnerable members of society.”

SEEChristian Girl’s Blasphemy Arrest Incites a Furor in Pakistan (New York Times)
SEEAmnesty Urges Pakistan to Protect Blasphemy Charge Girl (AFP)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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43 Comments »

  1. CAIR should be calling for an end to all blasphemy laws.

  2. These atrocity stories used to circulate underground. Thanks to the internet and people like Spencer – even with his inaccuracies – they have a worldwide platform even if the MSM won’t discuss them.

    Pak is simply a pit these days.

  3. CAIR should call on tunisian muslims not to murder tunisian olympians

    http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2012/08/16/feature-03

  4. finally, she is released!! Thank GOD!!

  5. I haven’t seen any posts saying she is released.

    More from the Pakpit: http://rt.com/news/boy-torture-pakistan-christian-440/

  6. Why do they not call for the 900 Christians who were removed from their homes to be returned and be safegarded from community violence. This event has disrupted the lives of hundreds of people. CAIR has fallen way short of of what they should be doing.

  7. “With the hysteria over the arrest of a Christian girl with Down’s syndrome on a charge of blasphemy yet to blow over, the brutally tortured body of an 11-year-old Christian boy has been found in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

    ­The body of Samuel Yaqoob, was discovered with his lips and nose cut off, his stomach removed and his legs mutilated. According to police the body was later burned and could hardly be recognized.”

    So Muslims in Pakistan, after attending religious services run by educated Islamic Scholars their entire lives, find it is ok to torture and mutalate a young boy because he may have broken some code of a religion that is not his own. They beat up a 12 year old girl and try to kill her, and they drag a man from a police station and beat him to death. All of this after a lifetime of Islamic teaching and attending services. During all of these services have any of these people been made aware that Islam is a religion of Peace and tolerance? Are the people committing and supporting these horrific acts, that are being thrown into the Teeth of God, a small minority of Muslims? I think if I was going to go around torturing killing or attempting to kill small children I would not do it in the name of God as those acts within themselves are Blasphemy.

    When one reads stories such as this it makes those ads being placed on busses and subways in California much more understandable. Apparently Pakistan has a large number of savages walking the streets. I do not think Ignorance is to blame, as these people may be poorly educated in terms of academics, but they are well educated in Islamic Doctrine as they have been subject to it since childhood.

  8. Bad, horrible things happen everywhere, all nations have their own complement of savages and psychos. Question is, are people arrested for crimes against minorities?

    I saw posts last night calling for the arrests of clerics doing incitement. That would be a step in right direction.

  9. Allah(swt) is mersiful even to kafir . Islam is peace

  10. Anon, Criley, Jane

    Such news are disgusting. If someone has left Islam (I am referring to Islam as the crimes above involve Muslims) that is not a sin according to the Quran and Haadis. How? Even if this is so-called apostasy under Islam, that punishment is not to be provided by Muslims but God will decide. In fact, such crimes began with the Umayyids and kept up by the Abbasids which continues to this day. These surely had some political motives because they were the dominating power then.

    About Christianophobia in Pakistan and Afghanistan, this must be firstly attributed to a single Christian missionary in those lands. It was Thomas P Hughes who tried to baptise the non-Christians there. He met considerable success. Another Belgian missionary (I can’t remember his name) was also doing so. But two things that took Christianophobia there were: Hughes’ vicious remarks on Islam. He even said that Abdullah (A convert to Islam from Christianity) was a pervert Christian. The second was the arrest, imprisonment and torture on Maulanas Muhammad Ali and Shaukat Ali. In Afghanistan, you may be knowing the Russian aggression and the Anglo-Afghan wars. Then came the Russian invasion, the pigs Al-Qaida and Talibans.

  11. dgo,

    you are right. muslims are never to be blamed for their actions. some missionaries converted people and said nasty things about islam. so it is completely understandable that muslims want to kill a little girl in 2012.

    “He even said that Abdullah (A convert to Islam from Christianity) was a pervert Christian.” so fucking what? what does that have to do with this girl?

    my bad, islam is peace. how could i miss such an obvious thing. especially given the peaceful nature of all the muslims of the world.

  12. pakistan,

    200 million muslims, must be the most peaceful country on the planet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19407661

    let me guess, the british are to blame.

  13. I think it’s because of the definition of muslim. A person following Islam cannot be bad, wrong or even stupid, because Islam confers upon its followers divine intelligence and morality.

    Therefore, persons misbehaving are just foreigners or strangers “calling themselves muslims” and an outside party is always to blame.

    As when Hitler is called a Christian and christians recoil.

    I saw a Pak poster commenting on this, he said the villagers aren’t thoughtful theological types, they don’t even fast he said.

    No, they listened to the imam. Let’s get rid of her and the whole Christian lot of them. Setting her/them on fire as they were in Orissa would be good entertainment for the afternoon.

  14. Or maybe it was Gojra. So many atrocities, can’t remember all the names.

  15. In Rwanda some nuns participated in the tribal carnage, nobody said it was evil outsiders dressed as nuns.

    Rwandans obeyed voices on the radio urging them to slaughter. The country is beautiful, Eden like.

  16. “About Christianophobia in Pakistan and Afghanistan, this must be firstly attributed to a single Christian missionary in those lands. It was Thomas P Hughes who tried to baptise the non-Christians there. He met considerable success”

    Wow, how awful, maybe muslim missionaries should be banned in the UK too given you disaprove of missionaries.

  17. test

  18. dongo,

    “If someone has left Islam (I am referring to Islam as the crimes above involve Muslims) that is not a sin according to the Quran and Haadis. How? Even if this is so-called apostasy under Islam, that punishment is not to be provided by Muslims but God will decide.” WHAT? i guess you haven’t read sahih bukhari book 84: dealing with apostates?

    Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:

    Narrated ‘Ikrima:

    Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”

    ________________________________________

    Volume 9, Book 84, Number 58:

    Narrated Abu Burda:

    Abu Musa said, “I came to the Prophet along with two men (from the tribe) of Ash’ariyin, one on my right and the other on my left, while Allah’s Apostle was brushing his teeth (with a Siwak), and both men asked him for some employment. The Prophet said, ‘O Abu Musa (O ‘Abdullah bin Qais!).’ I said, ‘By Him Who sent you with the Truth, these two men did not tell me what was in their hearts and I did not feel (realize) that they were seeking employment.’ As if I were looking now at his Siwak being drawn to a corner under his lips, and he said, ‘We never (or, we do not) appoint for our affairs anyone who seeks to be employed. But O Abu Musa! (or ‘Abdullah bin Qais!) Go to Yemen.’” The Prophet then sent Mu’adh bin Jabal after him and when Mu’adh reached him, he spread out a cushion for him and requested him to get down (and sit on the cushion). Behold: There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu’adh asked, “Who is this (man)?” Abu Muisa said, “He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.” Then Abu Muisa requested Mu’adh to sit down but Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice. Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, “Then we discussed the night prayers and one of us said, ‘I pray and sleep, and I hope that Allah will reward me for my sleep as well as for my prayers.’”

    ________________________________________

    Volume 9, Book 84, Number 59:

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    When the Prophet died and Abu Bakr became his successor and some of the Arabs reverted to disbelief, ‘Umar said, “O Abu Bakr! How can you fight these people although Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, ‘and whoever said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, Allah will save his property and his life from me, unless (he does something for which he receives legal punishment) justly, and his account will be with Allah?’ “Abu Bakr said, “By Allah! I will fight whoever differentiates between prayers and Zakat as Zakat is the right to be taken from property (according to Allah’s Orders). By Allah! If they refused to pay me even a kid they used to pay to Allah’s Apostle, I would fight with them for withholding it.” ‘Umar said, “By Allah: It was nothing, but I noticed that Allah opened Abu Bakr’s chest towards the decision to fight, therefore I realized that his decision was right.”

  19. “I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”” lol. your fiqh is way out of step with the “prophet”.

    you should listen to the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. the most respected and considered the highest of islamic institutions in the world. funny that the religion of peace is so violent. what is even funnier is when muslims say that islam is tolerant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rechtsgutachten_betr_Apostasie_im_Islam.jpg

    “In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficient the Most Merciful.” lmfao.

  20. Mike,

    I don’t read the Quran even, why should I read the Haadis? The Haddises you mention, you must look at the backgrounds. Those who in the early days of Islam were accepting and at the same time leaving it, had political motives. And they would always conspire with the enemies of Muslims by breaking treaties. Prophet’s own kinsmen were at dagger’s drawn with Him. Islamphobes always draw blood through their vocal chords that two Jewish tribes of Medina were butchered, looted and their women and children sold to slavery of Muslims. Well, why don’t they mention that the tribes, despite peace treaties, violated those outright and were conspiring with Muslims’ enemies. I have told you time and time again that breaking treaties was a murderous sin in those days in Arabia and surrounding regions. That is a crime to date.

    Whether Islam is a religion of peace or not, can be debated to the end of the world; but may be comparatively peaceful (albeit the actions of Muslims don’t speak so). See, we don’t have our hands stained with the bloods and bones of the Jews (on numerous occasions) and others, with the destructions of the New Worlds and subsequent golden days of European colonialism, the Holocaust, the atomic bombings and the cold war.

  21. Jane,

    Darling, I have no problem with the missionaries. But when they do it to promote and impose their own choices, that is problem. In India, I have told you, that in the NE parts of the country, Christianisation is totally outlawed. Why? Because, the missionaries are Christianising en masse and also harbouring them in forming separate states. Such things are going unabated in Bangladesh in the southwest and southeastern parts. You always say that Muslims are trying to impose shariah and thus make the western world into a Muslim realm. Well, what about the Christian ones? You may see that very few Muslim countries are actually run by Islamic laws; Pakistan, the so-called Islamic republic, is a British Law run nation. Same is for Bangladesh. North African countries are French law run.

    So?

  22. “In India, I have told you, that in the NE parts of the country, Christianisation is totally outlawed.”

    That is illegal.

    “Why? Because, the missionaries are Christianising en masse”

    That is not illegal.

    “also harbouring them in forming separate states”

    Some silly muslims are trying similar things in europe with their demands for shariah areas. They are just laughed at.

    “few Muslim countries are actually run by Islamic laws”

    That’s because islamic laws don’t work.

  23. Jane,

    You may be knowing that prior to European colonisation, they had been running under very much Islamic laws. Weren’t they? And they had no need to adopt any other laws. But when the Europeans came, they replaced the Islamic laws with the European ones. When they left, the Muslims received some systems that were neither European neither Islamic. And that problem goes on to date.

    Hold on: I now strongly believe that you are a female version of Mike who mis- and part quotes others. You see what you did with my post. If Indian governemnt has done something to protect the national integrity, what wrong has it done? Evangelism is a crucial danger to India and therefore, should that be illegal to ban them? You said that banning evangelism was illegal. Why? And what about the grave danger it is presenting by creating and harbouring Christian terrorists? Missionaries are Christianising en masse–if that can be legal, why not banning them outright when they are trying to secede from India?

    Don’t make third-rate reasoning which is your trend always. Those Muslims who are trying to impose Shariah in non-Muslim nations are indeed committing a crime. But the latter part of your writing is not true. They are not laughed at just, they are stained as a part of the so-called global Islamic plot. Wnat proof? The anti-Shariah barkings in the the whole US.

  24. dongo,

    “I don’t read the Quran even, why should I read the Haadis?” so how can you say: “that is not a sin according to the Quran and Haadis.”???

    “The Haddises you mention, you must look at the backgrounds.” your prophet is quoted as saying “WHOEVER CHANGES HIS ISLAMIC RELIGION, THEN KILL HIM.” seems pretty cut and dry. i see no mention of a treaty? no, this command can change in the future as our numbers and strength grows. so how is it that the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs recently issued their fatawa calling for killing a guy who wanted to marry a christian and become christian? how is it written into the new constituion of afghanistan that apostaes should be put to death.

    “Whether Islam is a religion of peace or not, can be debated to the end of the world; but may be comparatively peaceful (albeit the actions of Muslims don’t speak so).” lol. yes the actions of muslims comparatively make it the most violent religion currently on earth.
    “See, we don’t have our hands stained with the bloods and bones of the Jews (on numerous occasions) and others, with the destructions of the New Worlds and subsequent golden days of European colonialism, the Holocaust, the atomic bombings and the cold war.” well seems how i was born in 1969, i don’t have any blood on my hands, at least not from those events.

  25. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law_in_Afghanistan

    “In May 2007, the General Directorate of Fatawa and Accounts under the Afghan Supreme Court, which provides guidance on ambiguous religious issues not addressed in the Constitution or other laws, issued a ruling on the status of the Bahá’í. The ruling said Bahaism was distinct from Islam and a form of blasphemy. The ruling also declared all Muslims who convert to Bahaism are apostates, and all followers of the Bahá’í Faith are infidels.”

    check out the selected cases section.

  26. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law_in_Pakistan

    it is absolutely hilarious that some people defend sharia.

  27. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/30/pakistan-blasphemy-case-muslims-law

    Hey mike there’s a crucifixion going on over at jihadwatch

  28. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law_in_Saudi_Arabia

    yeah, we need more sharia, less freedom of speech. they have blasphemed islam. crucify them. they are clearly spreading mischief. the koran ordained it. and the hadiths. or wait, islam has nothing to do with the koran or the hadiths, seems how people mean to tell us what it is that islam means, despite not having even read the “holy texts” of said religion.

    oh yeah, you can’t look to the actions of muslims as a reflection on islam either. i’m confused again.

    may allah guide you. lol.

    allah is a dumbass, a jackass, a murdering bastard and muhammad is his retarded bitch. oh shit, that’s not blasphemy i hope? should i fear for my life? i mean if they will kill an 11 year old girl, they will kill anybody.

    may allah guide a persons hand to bring His justice to earth.
    [9.14] Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.

  29. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law_in_Iran

    “Iran is a constitutional, Islamic theocracy. Its official religion is the doctrine of the Twelver Jaafari School.[1] Iran’s law against blasphemy derives from Sharia. Blasphemers are usually charged with “spreading corruption on earth”,” hum. spreading corruption on earth, i wonder where that comes from? oh shit it’s 5:33. go figure?

    5:33

    إنما جزاء الذين يحاربون الله ورسوله ويسعون في الأرض فسادا أن يقتلوا أو يصلبوا أو تقطع أيديهم وأرجلهم من خلاف أو ينفوا من الأرض ذلك لهم خزي في الدنيا ولهم في الآخرة عذاب عظيم

    Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,

    “The courts have acquitted vigilantes who killed in the belief that their victims were engaged in un-Islamic activities.” sounds reasonable. clearly their hands where guided by god.

  30. Now they are calling for the death of both Asia Bibi and this girl, to be administered by the public if the courts won’t cooperate.

    The lunatics are in charge of that asylum. Back in the oldie days this news never would have gone worldwide.

  31. “Now they are calling for the death of both Asia Bibi and this girl, to be administered by the public if the courts won’t cooperate.”

    The savages are demanding blood

  32. More savagery in Aghanistan – a 6 year old girl and a 12 year old boy beheaded by savages

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/31/us-afghanistan-beheading-child-idUSBRE87U0J420120831

  33. The Taliban murdering kids is just standard brigand horror. In Pak and other places the persons supposed to be upholding the rule of law are part of the weirder legal horror.

  34. Dr. Afia is dead :(( in american jail i think so, The Bull-shit Musharaf Sold her to America.

  35. Cheif Executive Late President of Pakistan General Pervaiz Musharaf, May you Go to the Hell.

  36. Mike,

    I was born in 1974. So, you are senior to me. But I am not accusing you of having bloodstained hands. I wanted to mean that Christians committed these crimes in the name of faith jsut like Muslims have done and are doing. President Bush said that God (!?) ordered him to invade Iraq. Truly, divine decree for US foreing policy. O ho, I can’t mix these two into one!

    If you claim to be an atheist and yet continue to unleash your rage on Islam and Muslims, what is wrong in me reading the texts? Believe me, I am not religious but respect all faiths. I helped save an ancient Hindu temple which some Muslims were trying to take over. And as for a Muslim, I sincerely respect the Judaic and Christian Prophets.

    I told you that my Prophet’s decrees had some contexts. In those days, the conditions were highly volatile. Those who would change from Islam, would always go for breaking treaties, conspiring against Muslims and Islam. As the chief of Muslims (prior to the caliphs), how could the Prophet be oblivious to such threats? And you can also see (if you truly wish to be sincere), punishments in the ME have always been severe. This has not been confined to Islam only, even to Judaism and Christianity, and other faiths and communities alike.

    In a previous post, you told that I had enough hate for all here writing against Muslims and Islam. So, what about you saying “allah is a dumbass, a jackass, a murdering bastard and muhammad is his retarded bitch”? Is this a message of love, mercy and compassion? With your kind permission and information I took a selective line from your post, btw.

  37. A good link on this from a reporter who actually went there.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-129254-Mindlessness-on-the-march

  38. Ha ha the cleric has been arrested for evidence tampering – seems he burned a few Koran pages himself to make it a better case…

  39. I can’t believe this. Even when CAIR does the exact thing you’ve been telling them to do, to condemn the actions of other Muslims, you find fault with it. I swear, CAIR could handout free cancer cures to everyone, and you people would criticize them for not handing out AIDS vaccines as well. I think it is good that CAIR has condemned this atrocity. Islam in many parts of the world is in desperate need of reformation, to return to the true messages of the Qur’an, and to re-examine the meaning and interpretation of verses. And to hell with the Hadiths. It was the middle ages, anyone could make up a half-baked tale about the prophet and in a few years it could become history. The Qu’ran, given context, interpreted carefully, and properly debated instead of monopolized by old, bearded clerics, calls for a far different society than that espoused by frothy-mouthed radicals in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.

  40. Anon,

    Thank Lord, the pig has been arrested. I am adding more:

    The girl accused (!?) is a minor one. Even if she were guilty indeed, she would not be punished. But the fact is, the girl herself has been unable to study, may be either due to poverty or mental problems. The E-mumps has been arrested for creating a so-called blasphemy against a non-Muslim, that is also a poor child! Under Shariah, he would have been beheaded/lashed/stoned to death. The modern law will either fine or imprison him though. All Muslims must be ashamned of this, issue unconditional and sincere apology to the whole Christian community, especially to the girl and her family, pay damage money and arrange for their full safety.

    Had I been the judge, I would enter a Browning HMG into this imam’s anus and then order to start firing.

  41. dgo,

    “Christians committed these crimes in the name of faith jsut like Muslims have done and are doing.” i don’t think we nuked the japs in the name of faith”
    “President Bush said that God (!?) ordered him to invade Iraq” bush is an idiot.
    “what is wrong in me reading the texts?” you can read all the texts you want. but you confused me by saying something was in the koran or hadiths in one post, then that you don’t read the koran and hadiths in another. and now you are saying you do read “the texts”. if those are what you are refering to here????

    “And as for a Muslim, I sincerely respect the Judaic and Christian Prophets.” so do you believe that god killed the first born son off the egyptians on the passover?

    “In a previous post, you told that I had enough hate for all here writing against Muslims and Islam. So, what about you saying “allah is a dumbass, a jackass, a murdering bastard and muhammad is his retarded bitch”? Is this a message of love, mercy and compassion? With your kind permission and information I took a selective line from your post, btw.” thats hilarious. see this site is getting funnier and funnier. i got to give you, that’s a good one. almost fell for it.

  42. Mike,

    No, I certainly don’t read them unless I need any reference. When you mentioned many verses from them, I felt a need to look some into them. But reading everyday on mandatory basis or habitually, no, no, no; no time but for reading law books rich and case studies.

    As far as the books say, I believe every bit. Otherwise, I won’t be a Muslim. But I don’t believe many things in the Christian Bible like the Jews don’t.

  43. siyaj k’ak,

    “I can’t believe this. Even when CAIR does the exact thing you’ve been telling them to do, to condemn the actions of other Muslims, you find fault with it” the fault is they are only talking about a technicality. they are not condeming the entire concept of blasphemy under sharia.

    “arrest of such a young person, especially if she has a mental disability, is a serious violation of Islamic principles.” so it is a serious violation of islamic principles because of her age and mental status? not because blasphemy laws are insane.

    so did cair speak out against any of the other cases of blasphemy in pakistan, or iran, or saudi arabia. wouldn’t this be a good time to make a broader statement, you know about the “true” message of islam. about tolerance. oh shit, that’s right cair supports sharia. have you ever heard hooper’s defence of saudi arabia not allowing churches to be built, it’s hilarious.

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