Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What Did We Fight For In Afghanistan?

This looks like a non-partisan issue to me. Read Michelle Malkin's post about "Muslim-born Abdul Rahman, the Christian convert facing the death penalty in Afghanistan for possessing a Bible and openly professing his faith."

Yes, that's really going on there. I am not sure any American can feel anything but distress and outrage at what seems to be happening. Ms. Malkin's post gives links for those who want to protest the outrage. Please do so.

The telephone number for the Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C. is (202) 483-6410.

If this is not stopped, our claims of bringing democracy to Afghanistan will take on a hollowness that will be hard to deny.

Update: Hugh Hewitt says CBS News is reporting that Afghanistan is looking for a way out. The CBS story somewhat drily notes:

Prosecutors have offered to drop the charges if Rahman converts back to Islam, but the defendant has refused.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan and highlights a struggle between religious conservatives and reformists over what shape Islam should take there four years after the ouster of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime.
Well, yes!

Update 2: Glenn Reynolds is right:

Civilized countries permit freedom of religion. Uncivilized countries kill people for their beliefs. This will simply provide more ammunition for those who believe that Islam is incompatible with civilization.

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