Saturday, March 18, 2006

Gee, how wonderful:

Afghan Man Faces Execution After Converting to Christianity

An Afghan man who recently admitted he converted to Christianity faces the death penalty under the country's strict Islamic legal system. The trial is a critical test of Afghanistan's new constitution and democratic government....

...officially, Muslim-born [Abdul] Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and not for practicing Christianity.

...Officials say his family, who remain observant Muslims, turned him over to the authorities.

...If convicted, ... President Hamid Karzai ... would have to sign the papers authorizing Rahman's execution, a move that could jeopardize Mr. Karzai's standing with human rights groups and Western governments.

...political analysts here in Kabul say he will be under significant pressure from the country's hard-line religious groups to make an example of Rahman.

--VOA News

...I want you to understand that you're on the frontier of freedom.

--President Bush to troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, March 1, 2006


(Via Democratic Underground.)

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