The Prosecution of Abdul Rahman

Updated

Abdul Rahman is facing death for converting from Islam to Christianity. It’s horrifying to think that our military men and women fought so hard and sacrificed so much to extricate the Taliban just to have state sanctioned murder of Christians.

Bloggers all over the sphere have been weighing in:

Michelle Malkin here, here, here, here, and here
California Conservative
The Jawa Report
Macsmind
Instapundit
Junkyard Blog
Hugh Hewitt‘s Mary Katharine Ham
Blue State Conservatives
Captain’s Quarters

President Bush addressed Mr. Rahman’s prosecution during his question and answer session today:

“We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom,” Bush said. “I’m troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who 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.”

These comments are simply not adequate. President Bush and Condoleezza Rice must publicly condemn the prosecution and possible death sentence of Abdul Rahman and call for his release.

Italy and Germany have voiced their opposition to the Afghan government’s prosecution of Rahman, and today Australia joined them. Why not the US?

A rally in support of Mr. Rahman is going to take place in front of the Afghan Embassy on Friday, March 24 at 12:00 noon in Washington DC.

If you can’t make it to the rally, Debbie Schlussel has a list of action items. Also Freedom’s Zone recommends signing this petition.

The Afghan government must understand that if its country is going to join the civilized world, it must acknowledge and respect other religions, even when Muslims convert to them.

Update: Condoleezza Rice got on the phone today and called Hamid Karzai about Abdul Rahman’s prosecution for converting away from Islam.

Fox News has the story:

WASHINGTON — Concerned about the fate of a Christian convert in Afghanistan on trial for his life, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday seeking a “favorable resolution” of the case.

“This is a very deeply concerning development in Afghanistan and we have raised it at the highest levels,” Rice said during a press conference with the Greek minister of foreign affairs. “We look forward, hopefully, to a resolution to this in the very near future.”

Abdul Rahman, 41, a medical aid worker, converted from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago, a fact that came out publicly during a civil custody case between him and his wife in front of local authorities. The authorities charged him with rejecting Islam, a crime under the country’s Shar’ia-based law. The penalty, if guilty, is death.

Rice said religious freedom is the heart of democracy, a principle she hopes Afghanistan would uphold in its constitution in considering Rahman’s case.

“We have raised it in the strongest possible terms to make clear that it is our great hope and desire that Afghanistan will reaffirm what is already in its constitution, that the universal declaration on human rights will be respected, and that this will be resolved in a way that is consistent with those principles,” Rice said.

I hope President Karzai gets the message.

Michelle Malkin has more information.

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