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An Afghan man converted from Islam to Christianity, and now he faces the death penalty in Afghanistan for doing it, writes Kim Barker in the Chicago Tribune:

"We will cut him into little pieces," said Hosnia Wafayosofi, who works at the jail, as she made a cutting motion with her hands. "There's no need to see him."

Rahman's trial, which started Thursday, is thought to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan. It goes to the heart of the struggle between Islamic reformists and fundamentalists in the country, which is still recovering from 23 years of war and the harsh rule of the Taliban, a radical religious regime that fell in late 2001.

Even under the more moderate government now in power, Islamic law is supposed to be followed, and many believe it requires the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam for another religion.

"We are Muslim, our fathers were Muslim, our grandfathers were Muslim," said Abdul Manan, Rahman's father, who is 75. "This is an Islamic country. Imagine if your son told a police commander, also a Muslim, that he is a Christian. How would this affect you? It's very difficult for us."

Much of Afghanistan remains conservative and religious. But Islamic rules are violated in Afghanistan every day--whether by alcohol being sold openly on the streets, or by prostitutes who cater to both foreigners and Afghans, or by the booming opium trade.

Many Islamic scholars believe that Muslims who convert from Islam should be killed, but liberal and moderate scholars disagree. One Afghan liberal scholar, Ali Mohaqeq Nasab, spent almost three months in jail last fall after publishing a magazine challenging many traditional views on Islamic law, including the belief that Muslims who convert to other religions deserve to die.

Well, isn't that modern! Sure must make the 18,000 American troops, now in Afghanistan, feel really good!

Oops...sorry, is it "culturally insensitive" for me to say so?

Posted by aalkon at March 22, 2006 7:26 AM

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Afghanistan is a sewer, and nobody cares. THAT'S WHY OBL WENT HIDING THERE, and why we had to invade. Somebody had to clean it up, and no other nation had:

- the motive (9/11)

- the money (less than it took to buy Mariah out of her EMI record contract in the same months)

- the resources (you really do not not want to fuck with the United States if there's a chance of military response)

- the balls (you really don't want to fuck with the United States anyway; we're full of piss & vinegar)

Yes. Afghanistan is full of people who are fanatic, superstitious, illiterate and hateful. In that corner of the world, germ theory is black magic. Don't pretend to be surprised that they're mean to each other.

This is not an argument for having the USA be "the world's policeman". It's a matter of who you're going to hold responsible when things happen. On the morning of 9/12, no one went crying to the Israeli Knesset or the Japanese Diet for relief.

(Notice the tremendous grace and strength with which I decline to note that the whole nightmare began with Brezhnev's error in 1979, thus laying the whole thing at the feet of the Godless Commies)

Posted by: Crid at March 22, 2006 6:08 PM

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