Abdul Rahman is a man of faith. "I believe in the
Holy Spirit. I believe in Christ. And I am a Christian,"
he declared this week.
Unfortunately for Rahman, he was
originally born a Muslim in
Afghanistan—and he has been forced to defend his
religious conversion in his home country`s court, where
he now faces the death penalty for turning to Jesus.
Despite the defeat of the totalitarian Taliban and the
existence of a U.S.-backed "moderate" democratic
government, it is a capital crime for Afghanis to openly
embrace any religion other than Islam. Sharia law,
embedded in the Afghan constitution, overrides its human
Rahman`s family has denounced him
as mentally ill. Afghan officials are thirsting for his
blood. "We will cut him into little pieces," jail
employee Hosnia Wafayosofi told the Chicago Tribune,
as she "made a cutting motion with her hands."
Afghan man faces death for abandoning Islam By
Kim Barker, March 21, 2006
The Tribune reported that
prosecutor Abdul Wasi demanded Rahman`s repentance and
called him a traitor: "He is known as a microbe in
society, and he should be cut off and removed from the
rest of Muslim society and should be killed." The
country`s attorney general says Rahman should be hung.
The judge handling the case, who has been photographed
wielding Rahman`s Bible as evidence against him,
threatens: "If he doesn`t regret his conversion, the
punishment will be enforced on him. And the punishment
This is a watershed moment in the
post-Sept. 11 world. The Taliban are out of power. And
yet today, an innocent man sits in the jail of a
"moderate" Muslim nation praying for his life
because he owned a Bible and refuses to renounce his
Christian faith. Rahman, who converted many years ago
while working for a Christian aid agency in Germany,
"is standing by his words," fellow jail inmate Sayad
Miakel told Canada`s Globe and Mail. [Afghan
man faces death for turning to Christianity,
March 21, 2006]Another cellmate, Khalylullah Safi,
reported: "He keeps
looking up to the sky, to God."
As of Tuesday afternoon, left-wing
Amnesty International had nothing to say about the case.
But neither did President Bush, a man of faith and a
Christian brother. During his
extensive White House press conference on the War on
Terror and the defense of freedom overseas, Bush spent
plenty of time describing what life was like for
Afghanis before Operation Enduring Freedom:
was no such thing as religious freedom. There was no
such thing as being able to express yourself in the
public square. There was no such thing as press
conferences like this. They were totalitarian in their
view. And that would be—I`m referring to the Taliban, of
course. And that`s how they would like to run
government. They rule by intimidation and fear, by death
and destruction. And the United States of America must
take this threat seriously and must not—must never
forget the natural rights that formed our country."
President Bush, who will defend
Abdul Rahman`s natural rights from being usurped and
terminated by Afghanistan`s Islamic executioners?
Tony Perkins at the
Family Research Council raises the unpleasant
question Bush evaded and no one in the White House press
corps bothered to ask:
can we congratulate ourselves for liberating Afghanistan
from the rule of jihadists only to be ruled by Islamists
who kill Christians? . . . President Bush should
immediately send Vice President Cheney or Secretary Rice
to Kabul to read [Afghan President] Hamid Karzai`s
government the riot act. Americans will not give their
blood and treasure to prop up new Islamic fundamentalist
regimes. Democracy is more than purple thumbs."
Embarrassingly, the governments of
Italy and Germany have already stepped forward to make
direct appeals to Karzai to save Rahman`s life. Hamid
Karzai has ducked the issue so far. Our feckless State
Department is "monitoring" the situation.
If we sit on the sidelines and
watch this man "cut into little pieces" for his
love of Christ, we do not deserve the legacy of liberty
Founding Fathers left us. How about offering Rahman
asylum in the United States? Perhaps
Yale University, proud
sponsor of former Taliban official Sayed Rahmatullah
Hashemi, can offer Rahman a scholarship. Where`s the
Catholic Church, so quick to offer sanctuary to
every last illegal alien streaming across the
borders? And how about
Hollywood, so quick to
take up the cause of every last
Death Row inmate?
Hello, anyone, hello?
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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