Shama Bibi and her husband Shahzad Masih perished last week at the hands of a violent mob. The Christian couple, falsely accused of blasphemy, were beaten to a pulp and then thrown into the brick kiln where they worked as bonded labourers. Pakistanis have expressed outrage, shock, and shame at this gruesome crime. But until our state decides to do something about a man-made law introduced by the British and tightened under Zia ul Haq's rule, nothing will change. It is telling that Parliament does not debate the issue, nor, after Shaheed Salmaan Taseer's murder, does our otherwise "vibrant" media. We are living in a country where the popular discourse and education curricula are full of religious exhortation. Greater religiosity is not necessarily greater extremism. Institutionalised intolerance, however, is a monster with endless appetite.