Abdul Rahman Picks Up Steam

22 03 2006

CAIR is now also calling for the release of Abdul Rahman. Yes, CAIR. Even CAIR.


CAIR CALLS FOR RELEASE OF AFGHAN CHRISTIAN Islamic civil rights group says conversion a personal, not state matter(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civilrights and advocacy group today called on the government of Afghanistanto release Abdul Rahman, a man facing the death penalty for convertingfrom Islam to Christianity. The
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) saysthe man’s conversion is a personal matter not subject to theintervention of the state.

A rally is planned at the Afghan embassy on Friday in Washinton, DC.

And today, Bush gave a statement on Rahman’s doom:

I’m troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who has converted away from Islam may be held to account. That’s not the universal application of the values that I talked about. I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship.

I expected something a little stronger from someone who was led to Christ by Billy Graham.

I like what Mark Tapscott had to say. I was beginning to wonder myself:

Where are Barry Lynn and Americans United for Separation of Church and State? Where are the leaders of the liberal mainline Protestant Denominations and the National Council of Churches? The silence of these people is truly deafening.

Today, Michelle Malkin writes in the Jewish World Review:

During his extensive White House press conference on the War on Terror and the defense of freedom overseas, Bush spent plenty of time describing what life was like for Afghanis before Operation Enduring Freedom:

“There was no such thing as religious freedom. There was no such thing as being able to express yourself in the public square. There was no such thing as press conferences like this. They were
totalitarian in their view. And that would be — I’m referring to the Taliban, of course. And that’s how they would like to run government. They rule by intimidation and fear, by death and destruction. And the United States of America must take this threat seriously and must not — must never forget the natural rights that formed our country.”

President Bush, who will defend Abdul Rahman’s natural rights from being usurped and terminated by Afghanistan’s Islamic executioners?

Michelle also reports on her blog that some observers are taking comfort in the news that Rahman may be declared mentally unfit in order to allow Afghan president Hamid Karzai to save face. But Rahman is apparently not alone. Compass Direct, a Christian news agency, reports:

During the past few days, Compass has confirmed the arrest of two other Afghan Christians elsewhere in the country. Because of the sensitive situation, local sources requested that the location of the jailed converts be withheld. This past weekend, one young Afghan convert to Christianity was beaten severely outside his home by a group of six men, who finally knocked him unconscious with a hard blow to his temple. He woke up in the hospital two hours later but was discharged before morning. “Our brother remains steadfast, despite the ostracism and beatings,” one of his friends said.

Several other Afghan Christians have been subjected to police raids on their homes and places of work in the past month, as well as to telephone threats.

Most of us, including Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, disagree that we are going the best route:

Perkins is particularly upset with comments made by White House spokesman Sean McCormack, who said on Tuesday, “Freedom of worship is an important element of any democracy and these are issues as Afghan democracy matures that they are going to have to deal with increasingly.”

Said Perkins, “Religious freedom is not just ‘an important element’ of democracy; it is its cornerstone. Religious persecution leads inevitably to political tyranny. Five hundred years of history confirm this.”
Perkins has said that President Bush should send Vice President Cheney or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Afghanistan to read the Afghan government the riot act.

“Americans will not give their blood and treasure to prop up new Islamic fundamentalist regimes,” he said earlier this week.

Perkins knows well that our country was founded on Christian principles. The primary one being religious freedom. That is why it is THE cornerstone for democracy. Islamists are not a religion. They are idealists, hiding behind the religion of Islam.

Today the prosecutor Sarinwal Zamari said questions have been raised about his mental fitness.

“We think he could be mad. He is not a normal person. He doesn’t talk like a normal person,” he told The Associated Press.

“Doctors must examine him,” he said. “If he is mentally unfit, definitely Islam has no claim to punish him. He must be forgiven. The case must be dropped.”


Canada supports Abdul Rahman also and CTV adds:

The United Church of Canada is suggesting Ottawa use its position in Afghanistan — with 2,200 troops in the country’s south as part of a Canadian-led multinational brigade — to promote human rights.

These rights include “the rights of Afghans to choose and change religion without fear of losing their lives,” the letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said.

“We sent the letter yesterday and as of yet have not had a response,” the United Church’s Richard Chambers told CTV Newsnet on Wednesday.

We are all moved.

Others moved: La Shawn Barber, Stop The ACLU, Myopic Zeal, Below The Beltway, Coalition of the Swilling, Owner’s Manual, A Blog For All, Most Certainly Not, Martin’s Musings, OKIE on the LAM, reverse_vampyr, CALIFORNIA YANKEE, Wizbang, The American Princess, A Lady’s Ruminations, Small Town Veteran

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