Afghan Lawmakers Demand Abdul Rahman Stay

29 03 2006

… But they won’t have their way, despite their “reasons.” Mr. Rahman is in Italy.

An Afghan Christian convert, who had faced the death penalty in his country for abandoning Islam, has arrived in Italy which has offered him asylum, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday. “He is already in Italy,” Berlusconi told a news conference in Rome.

But other Christians in Afghanistan are being arrested. If they can’t have Abdul Rahman, they will want the blood of someone else. How much more can the government withstand its own people?

Earlier this morning, Via FoxNews:

Afghanistan’s parliament demanded Wednesday that the government prevent a man who faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam for Christianity from being able to flee the country.

Justice Minister Mohammed Sarwar Danish said Tuesday that Rahman was staying at a “safe location” in Kabul.

“We sent a letter and called the Interior Ministry and demanded they not allow Abdul Rahman to leave the country,” parliamentary speaker Yunus Qanooni told reporters on behalf of the entire body.

Maybe they are trying to apply some pressure of their own.

Some 500 Muslim leaders, students and others gathered Wednesday in a mosque in southern Qalat town and criticized the government for releasing Rahman, said Abdulrahman Jan, the top cleric in Zabul province.

He said the government should either force Rahman to convert back to Islam or kill him.

This mob is angry with the way their government gave into western pressure. Now, they are undoubtetly worrying that “anyone can convert.” I am certain they would prefer to make an example out of Mr. Rahman, even if that means taking the law into their own hands.

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