not the way it’s supposed to be

Under Afghanistan’s new constitution minority religions are protected from persecution. However, that doesn’t apply to those who convert from Islam.
Man Faces Death Over Christianity

A MAN detained by police for converting from Islam to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refused to become a Muslim again, an Afghani judge said today.

Islamic sharia law proposes the death sentence for Muslims who abandon the religion. Afghanistan’s new constitution says “no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam”.Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada said the suspect, Abdur Rahman, was arrested after members of his family informed police of his conversion.

He would be charged with abandoning Islam, Mr Mawlavizada said.

“The prosecutor says he should be executed on the basis of the constitution,” Mr Mawlavizada said, who added that Mr Rahman could come back to Islam.

“If he does not … he will be punished,” he said.

Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country and 99 per cent of its more than 25 million people are Muslim.

Several legal officials said they could not recall a previous prosecution for abandoning Islam in Afghanistan.

One Response to not the way it’s supposed to be

  1. Of course I followed this story when it came out.

    And, of course, I was glad to see so many in the US take up Rahman’s cause. No doubt we need to watch Afghanistan to make sure it doesn’t slide back to the ways of the Taliban of the mad mullahs of Iran.

    I also think that we have to expect these things coming from a place like Afghanistan. It is a backward nation, and attitudes do not change overnight.

    Look at how long it took the American South to get past Jim Crow, and we’re not totally done with that transformation yet.