Archive for Monday, March 20, 2006

Christian convert faces execution

March 20, 2006


— An Afghan man who allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death, a judge said Sunday.

The defendant, Abdul Rahman, was arrested last month after his family went to the police and accused him of becoming a Christian, Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada told Associated Press in an interview. Such a conversion would violate the country's Islamic laws.

Rahman, who is believed to be 41, was charged with rejecting Islam when his trial started last week, the judge said.

During the hearing, the defendant allegedly confessed that he converted from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago when he was 25 and working as a medical aid worker for Afghan refugees in neighboring Pakistan, Mawlavezada said.

Afghanistan's constitution is based on Shariah law, which states that any Muslim who rejects their religion should be sentenced to death.

The prosecutor, Abdul Wasi, said he had offered to drop the charges if Rahman changed his religion back to Islam, but the defendant refused.

Mawlavezada said he would rule on the case within two months.


Ragingbear 12 years, 3 months ago

Interesting, didn't we "Liberate" Afganistan just a few years ago? I thought it was supposed to be a free thinking Democratic society...

Well, that is what we were told anyways. But we were also told Iraq had WMD's.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

Afghanistan is the same warlord culture it's been for a long time. Some of the warlords are just (temporarily?) aligned with US interests now.

bankboy119 12 years, 3 months ago


The WMD comments are getting old. EVERYONE thought that Saddam had them. France, England, Iran, Syria...etc. No they were not there but there is no evidence that GW lied. From the intelligence that they had gathered, they determined that there were WMDs. We're in Iraq, we can't just pull out. Stop whining and do something about it if you don't like it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

No, everyone thought he MIGHT have them. All of the rest of the world favored weapons inspections over invasion, and those inspections have shown that he, in fact, didn't have them.

This is an indication of the same faith-based policy making that our BOE uses to justify shoving "intelligent design" down our throats.

badger 12 years, 3 months ago

If we needed any other confirmation that theocracy is bad, we need to look no further than Afghanistan on this one.

The laws of man just shouldn't be used to enforce a population's wholesale obedience to the tenets of any religion. It ultimately ends with some very bad treatment for those who choose a different faith.

I admire this man's conviction of faith, to convert and stay converted even though it could mean his death.

xenophonschild 12 years, 3 months ago

Badger and holygrailale make sense; seems I've been saying that a lot about these two lately.

The problem is not Afghanistan; it's Islam. As sky-god religions (Islam, Christianity, Judiasm) go, Islam is the most ruthless enemy of secular thought and individual initiative. I've spent years assailing Christian fundamentalists for their appalling lack of common sense in their approach to religion, but it's time we all recognize that Islam is our true enemy. Hard as it may be to accept, Islam will be a challenge to our way of life just as severe as the Nazis and communists were in the 40s and during the Cold War.

The war has begun, and we need to develop a coherent strategy to defeat/isolate that pernicious dogma.

badger 12 years, 3 months ago

Careful, there, xenophonschild.

Islam is no more the enemy than Christianity.

The enemy is the fundamentalist mindset, that says, "You will believe and practice as I believe and practice, or you shall perish upon the blades of the righteous."

That particular mindset comes in all flavors of dogma, and the worst thing we can do is for those of different faiths to fight one another instead of recognizing the common ground and the common enemy.

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