Thursday, March 23, 2006

President Bush Speaks Out On Afghan Case

Man Faces Death for Converting to Christianity

President Bush spoke about the situation:

"I'm troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear the fact that a person who has 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."

Later, the president continued:

"It is deeply troubling that a country we helped liberate would hold a person to account because they chose a particular religion over another. We have got influence in Afghanistan and we are going to use it to remind them that there are universal values."

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Afghani president Hamid Karzai to discuss the matter. Karzai promised that "respect for human and religious rights will be fully upheld." Italy, Germany, and the UN have also raised their concerns, some threatening to pull out their peace-keeping troops from the country.

5 Comments:

  • It's nice to see that this man is going through a TRIAL, not a "drag from bed and shoot" execution - and that he is standing for his faith. This does underscore the importance of having a "freedom of religion" clause in a constitution, though....

    By Blogger Alexander Blair, at 8:21 PM  

  • Good for them!

    By Anonymous aly, at 5:55 AM  

  • Good point Alex B.

    By Blogger Palm boy, at 8:45 AM  

  • Thank goodness someone is standing up for this man!
    Haha! Nice song. I used to have a karaoke machine and that was the best one to sing to ^^

    By Blogger Emily, at 5:50 PM  

  • Yes, good for them! Mr.Rahman is standing firm in his faith... we should be praying for him.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 2:09 AM  

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