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Sunday, March 19, 2006

The "religion of peace" strikes again

By Aussiegirl

I visited Michelle Malkin's excellent blog today, and found this outrageous news story that I just had to post. This man is another example of how brave ordinary humans can become. Again, what force inside him drives him to risk death rather than renounce his new faith, a circumstance in which others have found themselves, but decided to renounce rather than die.

VOA News - Afghan Man Faces Execution After Converting to Christianity

An Afghan man who recently admitted he converted to Christianity faces the death penalty under the country's strict Islamic legal system. The trial is a critical test of Afghanistan's new constitution and democratic government.

The case is attracting widespread attention in Afghanistan, where local media are closely monitoring the landmark proceedings.

Abdul Rahman, 40, was arrested last month, accused of converting to Christianity.

Under Afghanistan's new constitution, minority religious rights are protected but Muslims are still subject to strict Islamic laws.

And so, officially, Muslim-born Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and not for practicing Christianity.

[...] Officials say his family, who remain observant Muslims, turned him over to the authorities..

On Thursday the prosecution told the court Rahman has rejected numerous offers to embrace Islam.

Prosecuting attorney Abdul Wasi told the judge that the punishment should fit the crime.

He says Rahman is a traitor to Islam and is like a cancer inside Afghanistan. Under Islamic law and under the Afghan constitution, he says, the defendant should be executed.

[...] This is the first case in which the defendant has admitted to converting and is refusing to back down, even while facing the death penalty.

If convicted, the case could ultimately force President Hamid Karzai's direct intervention.

The president would have to sign the papers authorizing Rahman's execution, a move that could jeopardize Mr. Karzai's standing with human rights groups and Western governments.
So far, President Karzai has not commented on the case.
But political analysts here in Kabul say he will be under significant pressure from the country's hard-line religious groups to make an example of Rahman.


At 6:03 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The persecution of this Christian is barbaric.

More totalitarianism from Islam!

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous scribe said...

The Afghan man is very brave—certainly braver by an order of magnitude more than many of our Christian leaders who have so shamelessly devalued Christianity for ecumenical politics or moral corruption in recent years. Because our ignorant politicians and their advisers have allowed Afghanistan to write sharia law into their constitution, the only way this man can live with his new religion is if he escapes, or is ransomed or is exiled to the West. His plight will be ignored, as usual, by too many in our flabby, indifferent world which has ignored many persecutions and massacres in the past. When will this spinelessness stop? Karzai has been making some noises that he will fall into the sharia line to placate the savagery of the hard-line muslim warlords. Were we fooled by his smooth, Westernized accent into believing he might actually stand up for democracy? Did we think a leopard could change his spots? Our Western leaders will probably not do much better, especially since too many of them don’t know what they believe or why.

The world by now has probably forgotten the near total destruction by the Taliban of Afghanistan’s culture and archaeological artifacts that dated back 5,000 years. Perhaps this mean nothing to many who are fed on the pap that comes from the boob-tube culture, but the Taliban’s total destruction of the culture of its own people is a picture of the future foretold in Orwell’s novel 1984. That is what a totalitarian society does—it pervert and destroys one’s identity and memory so completely, so that future generations, living under a totalitarian regime, have nothing to measure the enormity of the regime’s lies against.

The Free World defined: it is NOT those enslaved to their passions and cravenness who have perverted democracy to their corrupted ends and thereby disgraced its principles. The Free World is comprised of those who dare to grow and mature to the highest, most honorable, and finest caliber of human being. The extremes of left and right pretend to move humanity towards a high goal—towards a mankind of their imagination and making--but they move humanity towards it AS A HERD.

Yet, here is a poor Afghan man who dared to convert to a different religion not because he seeks something to so regulate his every move so that he doesn’t have to think. He converts because he wants a relationship with a loving Creator, not a god of merciless law supported by fear and revenge. He wants freedom of mind and spirit, he wants the freedom to love and be loved by God. It is this “Perfect Love that casts out Fear” that is the most daring concept of freedom in the universe, something Islam fears to allow, and that too many bleary Western leaders in their ignorance and cynicism denigrate.


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