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Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

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Posted on Mar 20, 2006

Afghan Supreme Court Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada holds a Bible in Kabul, Monday, March 20, that he says belongs to Abdul Rahman. Rahman could be sentenced to death after being charged with converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under Afghanistan’s Islamic laws.

He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law.

If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.


An Afghan man is being tried in a court in the capital, Kabul, for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Abdul Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and could face the death sentence under Sharia law unless he recants. He converted 16 years ago as an aid worker helping refugees in Pakistan. His estranged family denounced him in a custody dispute over his two children. It is thought to be Afghanistan’s first such trial, reflecting tensions between conservative clerics and reformists.

Conservatives still dominate the Afghan judiciary four years after the Taleban were overthrown.

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By Richard Weed, June 18, 2007 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment
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Muslims are scum.

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By WATYF, March 22, 2006 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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>>Same thing could happen here.

What a load of horse manure. You’re talking about some obscure, underground group of nut-jobs. And whacked-out misinterpretations of religions are ALWAYS going to be around, in very small quantities, with very little membership. Anyone who has studied Christianity at all would know that it is completely against the “legislation” of faith (i.e. forcing people to conform to a belief in God using external forces), but rather, it clearly teaches that change should come from within.

One would note (if they have any objectivity) that the article you linked to admits that Reconstructionism has “very few” members, but then tries to indirectly (and assumptively) associate public figures with Reconstructionism in an attempt to make it seem much more mainstream than it really is. Looks like over-reactive, fear-mongering isn’t just something the right uses to scare people into accepting their viewpoints.

In contrast, in the Afghan case, we’re talking about the *established* laws of an *entire* country. Laws which allow the gov’t to murder someone for deciding on a different religion.

Sorry bub… there isn’t even a remote comparison.


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By waheed, March 22, 2006 at 5:00 am Link to this comment
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The man should be executed publicly coiz he is a murtad now and he has left the true path.
no one can save him except Allah
do not plea to bush he can never save the astrayed one .

inshallah we will soon have the good news of execution of the murtad (abdul rehman).

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By michael, March 21, 2006 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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I am very dissapointed that PResident Bush has not already spoken the the President of Afghanistan over this issue. I am extremely angry that our men and women in the armed services have either died, or been wounded for a country that is intolerant towards people of other faiths. If this man goes dies for being a Christian and President Bush does nothing to stop it, then that mans blood is on George Bush’s hands. If that happens, I will be calling for President Bush to step down from office. I expect President Bush to send as much military firepower as is necessary to free that man, and if he doesn’t, then President Bush is a coward, and doesn’t deserve top be our commander and Chief. This is where I draw the line. President Bush, I expect you to put all the of necessary pressure on this President to free this man. IF you don’t, I have lost all of my faith in you, and you don’t deserve to be my President.

M. Martin

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By freedomofreligion, March 21, 2006 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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This case is far more offensive than a mere cartoon, and it is a clear example of widespread intolerance towards people’s beliefs in muslim societies.

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By Martin, March 21, 2006 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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Freedom of religion is not something the Muslims can not handle.  They need to keep their believers in the fold not only with threats of pain and death in the afterlife, they need to threaten your life in this world. 
I guess in a free society not many would buy this religion so full of complete bullshit.
These countries need a few centuries to develop.  It took Europe centuries to get away from such barbarism.
I think Iraq has similar chapters in their US financed constitution. That Muslims don’t have freedom to leave their religion, thought Christian and others do.
What to do with such assholes?  Best to leave’em alone in their 13th century hell and be thankful not to be born there.

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By spiiderweb, March 20, 2006 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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Same thing could happen here.

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