We've been hearing about an Afghan man who converted to Christianity from Islam and is now facing execution just for that.
So far, I haven't said anything. Not because I'm ignoring this issue. No... far from ignoring it. Of course I've been thinking about it as I'm seriously troubled by it.
The Free World, including Canada, has given the lives of many of its own so that Afghans could not only live, but could live freely. However, we did not liberate Afghanistan just to see one horrible government replaced with a two-faced one which does the same things, except in a sugarcoated manner. This is the problem.
I do not accept the claims of the Islamic fundamentalists that they must execute people just because they're not Muslims or have "abandoned" Islam. I reject this belief of theirs, as it is completely incompatible with freedom of the individual and with freedom of religion (which, by the way, is also under attack from the ultra-far left in the Free World, what with large special interest groups like the ACLU and courts all over the Free World making and hearing applications by left-wing extremists to quash the rights of religions to operate under their own roofs according to their faith).
It is not ok to kill people on the basis of faith. Being a JudeoChristian or Muslim or Scientologist or of any other faith is not any ground for execution. Certainly, there are grounds for execution, for example, murder, terrorism and high treason), but religion in and of itself-- no.
I notice the left of the Free World and the MSM are not up in arms about this. Another nail in their own coffin-- once again they demonstrate their hypocrisy. These are the folks who don't want Free World nations to watch for and round up suspected terrorists on the basis of even solid evidence. They oppose catching terrorists just because of the unfortunate, indubitable fact that most terrorists are Muslims and a large majority are Arabic. Hell, where was the left when terrorist McVeigh, a white, American, allegedly Christian male, was executed for his crime? I don't recall them holding violent "demonstrations" to free him. Don't leftists see that we don't just pluck folks off of the street via "profiling" to charge them as terrorists? McVeigh was as "white" and as "American" as anyone could appear via profiling, after all. And we executed him for a terrorist act. Race and religion were completely irrelevant and still are.
I would strongly advise Afghanistan not to persecute anyone just for not being Muslim. I warn them not to execute anyone just because of their faith. That would render the new administration no better than the Taliban. Any differences would then be superficial and the lives of the liberators from the Free World would have been sacrificed for naught. This would be unacceptable and intolerable.
Afghanistan must adapt to the reality of the modern world. It is no longer acceptable to use one's faith as the basis for one's nation's justice system. It might be ok to use the predominant religion as a basis of culture, tradition, etc., but faith cannot be used, in my view, as the law. Faith must not be used as a basis upon which to persecute people.
If Afghanistan proceeds with this execution, I would no longer support Afghanistan. I couldn't. They would become no better in my view than Saudi Arabia or Iran, for example, which I don't support as they themselves are barbaric, oppressive, Islamofascistic tyrannies.
If Afghanistan wants the help of the Free World to remain free of tyranny, it must ensure that it remains itself free from tyranny in its own affairs of state as currently constituted.
I respectfully implore President Hamid Karzai to block any move to execute Abdul Rahman. For allowing any execution on the basis of faith would greatly harm the nation's relations with the Free World. And this is not something we want to see happen.
Don't step backwards towards Talibanism. Step forward towards freedom. Join the Free World.
An additional advisory:
To the Muslims of the Free World I advise:
Should you fail to take it upon yourselves to stand up for the religious liberty of Mr. Rahman and call upon Afghanistan and the entire Muslim world to end persecution based upon faith, you will be doing yourselves a serious disservice and may well end up setting back whatever goodwill you may have earned for yourselves among the non-Muslims of the Free World. Mr. Rahman's execution wouldn't merely be a setback for Christians; it would also certainly be a setback for Muslims.
Muslims of the Free World must vociferously oppose Mr. Rahman's execution just for being Christian.
It is the moment of truth for the Islamic community of the Free World.
To all Free World Muslims:
The Free World in which you live is watching and listening with great concern.
Speak up now.
The choice is yours. Make it wisely!