Sunday, March 19, 2006


Michelle Malkin: A CHRISTIAN ON TRIAL: "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.

Appearing in court earlier this week Rahman insisted he should not be considered an infidel, but admitted he is a Christian. He says he still believes in the almighty Allah, but cannot say for sure who God really is. 'I am,' he says, 'a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ.'"


Rich Street said...

I think you might be missing one aspect of this story. The amazing thing is that this man is even getting a trial (probably not fair, but a trial nonetheless). Usually, these things in the Muslim world are handled by the secret police who let "slip" to fundamentalist groups that someone has converted and then this person is summarily killed in what the goverment might label as either "ethnic" or "tribal" violence. The real story here is that Afghanistan is making tons of progress compared to the rest of the world. However, while the so called human rights groups like Amnesty international and Human Rights watch are obsessed with Abu Gharib and Gitmo, they are strangely silent when it comes to religious freedom.

McRyanMac said...

Insightful comments Rich. This is a test case in many senses of the term.

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