Monday, March 20, 2006

Afghan Man Faces Death for Allegedly Converting to Christianity

Rahman, who is believed to be 41, was charged with rejecting Islam when his trial started last week, the judge said.

During the hearing, the defendant allegedly confessed that he converted from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago when he was 25 and working as a medical aid worker for Afghan refugees in neighboring Pakistan, Mawlavezada said.

Afghanistan's constitution is based on Shariah law, which states that any Muslim who rejects their religion should be sentenced to death.

"We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law," the judge said. "It is an attack on Islam. ... The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty."

Good thing they're not against any particular religion.

Oh and to make sure I do this thing right, shout out to Dan @ Cerulean Sanctum for originally bringing this to my attention.
This seems like a good representation of why a barrier between church and state should exist. Imagine the same were true here in the United States, and people would be considered criminal based on their beliefs. Would more people stick to whatever the state-approved religion was, or would there just be a lot of dissent and underground movements a la China?
Agreed. Having said that I don't think that there's anything wrong with poiliticians expressing their religious beliefs or even letting their beliefs influence their decisions. As long as it doesn't lead to persecution or a state sponsered church.
Enjoyed a lot!
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