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March 21, 2006

Religious Liberty On Trial

by Doug Mataconis

The name Abdul Rahman has made its way around the blogospher in the past several days. Who is Abdul Rahman, he is an Afghan who is under threat of a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity. I first wrote about Rahman on Sunday, and again last night. His story has also been picked up by Michelle Malkin in posts here, here, and here.

The assault on liberty that this case represents could not be more apparent:

KABUL — The judge deciding whether an Afghan man should be executed for converting to Christianity does not understand what all the fuss is about.
“In this country, we have [a] perfect constitution. It is Islamic law and it is illegal to be a Christian and it should be punished,” Judge Alhaj Ansarullah Mawawy Zada said in an interview yesterday.

Contrast the judge’s quote with this from the Sage of Monticello:

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.

If the Afghans allow this man to die, they will show the world that the Taliban may have gone, but their spirit lives on.

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  1. [...] Doug, from “The Liberty Paper”, posts about very disturbing news from Afghanistan . He is quoting a report from the Chicago Tribune about Afghan man who faces death penalty for abounding Islam.    KABUL — The judge deciding whether an Afghan man should be executed for converting to Christianity does not understand what all the fuss is about. “In this country, we have [a] perfect constitution. It is Islamic law and it is illegal to be a Christian and it should be punished,” Judge Alhaj Ansarullah Mawawy Zada said in an interview yesterday. I’m not sure if the goals of the war were ever defined in details, but it seems that whenever the current administration talking about democracy in the Middle East they are actually talking about the rule of majority and free election. Notwithstanding the importance of both of these components without establishing strong protection for the rights of minorities we are just wasting time.     Abdul Rahman, Afghanistan, Freedom, Human Rights [...]

    Pingback by It looks obvious » Blog Archive » Disturbing News from Afghanistan — March 21, 2006 @ 5:43 pm
  2. “Let Freedom Reign”

    In an earlier post, I discussed the plight of the man in Afghanistan facing death for converting to Christianity. Today, we have heard the official U.S. Government response to this absurdity. Our response came at a press conference held by Under Secret…

    Trackback by Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying — March 21, 2006 @ 11:09 pm
  3. Something slightly off topic that occured to me while reading this…I really wonder if people understand that THIS is what a theocracy looks like, not our current government. For all their faults, religion and government in this country have, at the most basic level, always been separate.

    Comment by Mike — March 22, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

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