Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Man Faces Death Penalty for Converting to Christianity

Abdul Rahman, 40 years old, is on trial for breaking a law, forbidding Muslims to convert into Christians. The nation is Afghanistan, a country US soldiers have occupied for over four years. This is the first case in which the defendant has admitted conversion to Christianity and will not back down, even in the face of death.

Abdul Rahman was converted into Christianity 16 years ago when he worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Many years later when he returned to Afghanistan, his relatives denounced him, his children were taken from him, and he was arrested. Rahman was brought before Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada several days ago. The judge claimed, "We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law. It is an attack on Islam." The law states that no Muslim man can reject the religion of Islam.

A sentence will be decided within the next two months.

US State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack talked to reporters about the incident: "Our view … is that tolerance, 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."

The prosecutor in the case, Abdul Wasi, commented, "He would have been forgiven if he changed back. But he said he was a Christian and would always remain one. We are Muslims and becoming a Christian is against our laws. He must get the death penalty." Right now, the only way for Rahman not to get the death penalty is an insanity plea.

Abdul Rahman is a very brave person. In the face of almost certain death, he sticks to his belief and can be a witness to others in that area of the world. If Afghanistan does execute this man, it will be a giant step backwards for the country. Right now, all the eyes of the world are watching the situation. Italy has threatened to remove it's peacekeeping troops from the country if this man is executed. Maybe other nations will follow Italy's example and keep Rahman from the death penalty. Just remember to keep this brave man in your prayers.

Other blogs covering this:
Unconformed
Mercy Now
Boy Scout Blogger
Pete's Place

10 Comments:

  • Hopefully that man will not be exexuted! I think it will be a great thing for the country to learn to tolerate Christianity.

    It was dumb. Completely idiotic! I'm going to write about it later today. It was nice to go somewhere with friends though, and that movie was the only thing to do ^^

    By Blogger Emily, at 11:03 AM  

  • Yeah, all the commercials for The Shaggy Dog looked really stupid. The older version wasn't bad though...

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:10 AM  

  • gotcha covered. thanks!

    By Blogger Unconformed, at 11:45 AM  

  • I'll definitely be praying for him... I just posted an interesting article at my blog too, if you want to read it. I really feel for that guy...

    By Blogger pete, at 1:51 PM  

  • Thanks Pete... I'll go check it out.

    By Blogger MVB, at 2:56 PM  

  • Hmm, do you get the American Family Association e-mail? I am just curious because they wrote soemthing on it and I was wondering, what you thought of part of it, if you get it.

    By Blogger abby, at 5:16 PM  

  • This is crazy!

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 7:34 PM  

  • Abby, the AFA sends me emails every now and again... but I haven't received anything on this particular issue.

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:16 PM  

  • Hmm, Abby could you send me the AFA's email about this issue at pgeorgeff@gmail.com? Thanks... I thought I was on their subscribers list, but I haven't gotten anything from them either, and I'm interested in hearing what they have to say.

    Btw, Zach, you're in the defendent's box whenever you're ready! :)

    By Blogger pete, at 11:31 PM  

  • Hopefully they will not carry through with the execution now that it has gained such national attention.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 2:11 AM  

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