Sunday, March 19, 2006

There is No Compulsion in Religion

Another fine example of the "religion of peace and tolerance." An Afghan man faces the possibility of execution for converting from Islam to Christianity. The Afghan Constitution is based on Sharia law under which anyone who leaves Islam is subject to the death penalty. Afghanistan is 99% Muslim, the rest are mostly Hindu, and at least one Christian.

Abdul Rahman, believed to be 41, rejected Islam for Christianity some 16 years ago. Rahman evaded and survived the Taliban only to succumb to his loving family which finally turned him in to the authorities.

"Yes that's true, a man has converted to Christianity. He's being tried in one of our courts," Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada told the Middle East Times. "We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law," the judge told the Associated Press. "It is an attack on Islam. ... The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty."

Prosecutor Abdul Wasi says he offered to drop the charges if Rahman made the switch back to Islam, but the defendant is maintaining his Christian beliefs. The judge is expected to rule within two months. If he indeed is sentenced, Rahman would be the first person punished for leaving Islam since the Taliban was ousted by American-led forces in late 2001.
However, as Muslims tell us time and again, "The Koran is crystal clear in stating, 'There is no compulsion in religion.' The commandment is absolute; there are no exceptions. Coercion, compulsion, force - whatever one chooses to call it - is totally forbidden. No other holy book lays down such a clear directive to its adherents." Mohammed Al Masry writes in an opinion piece for the Middle East Times that "one of the most persistent lies repeated by its detractors is that Muslims spread their faith by the sword...So while it is true that Islam spread in some places with the speed of a bullet, no literal bullets have been involved."

There is no literal sword involved in the case against Rahman, but the deal offered by the prosecution constitutes coercion, compulsion, or force. Threatening him with death unless he returns to his Islamic roots is a very big sword.

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Don said...

I thiught we had this bunch of idiots on the right path. Looks like they are slipping right back into darkness.

Tom C said...

We are of the same mind on that post.

oldsoldier said...

This is a very clear exemplification of the tennants of Islam. Islam is religion on drugs.

skye said...

Just Say No!

Islam is religion on drugs.

Tom said...

Sorta makes you happy you live in this country where you are free to practice almost any religion (excluding those demanding child sacrifices...)

Indigo Rose said...

While watching the NBC news tonight and hearing how the people of Afghanistan cannot see clear to allow 1 Christian the FREEDOM to choose his religion I must wonder if we have made any difference with this war. The American view of Freedom is nowhere near the Middle Eastern view. They only want the difference to be between Sunni and Shiite Muslim. We cannot balance what we know to what they cannot understand. If this Afghani is allowed to live, just where will this "living" take place? He will never survive prison.

Tom C said...

No Rose, not yet. This is a long war. It will take generations to win.

Indi, you got ahead of me at my place. I ran out of gas and needed to take a day or two off.
Also, you don't need to correct a typo for me. Kinda makes me feel a little more normal.:)

Indigo Red said...

Well, I watched the ABC Small World Tonight News with two...two...two anchors in one.

Afghanistan may set Rahman free because he's nuts. The reasoning is he must be nuts to give up Isalm. Much like Communist Russia would declare dissidents nuts because who could refuse the bounty and glory of Communism? But, if he is freed, the Imans have ordered their people to kill him on the streets.

Muhammad said, "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah'."

Saladin, the 12th-century conqueror said,"I shall cross the sea to their islands to pursue them until there remains no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah."

Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said, "We will export our revolution throughout the world . . . until the calls 'There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah' are echoed all over the world."

Osama bin Laden said, "I was ordered to fight the people until they say there is no god but Allah and his prophet Muhammad."

Frank Sinatra said, "Ooby-dooby-doo."

Unless Abdul Rahman is removed from Afghanistan and delivered into a witness protection progran, he is a dead man walking wherever he goes.

Don said...

Sinatra was the only one who made any sense.

Mike's America said...

Islam must not be much of a religion if it can't take the competition.

How about all those Islamists in this country and elsewhere that DEMAND tolerance and senisitivity to Islam, to the point of restricting freedoms of others?

Wonder how they would feel if we forced them to convert to Christianity?

We can remove the hated Taliban and eliminate Afganistan as a base for terrorists. But sadly, we cannot save Afghans from their desire to remain barbaric instead of modern.

Might as well save the aid dollars and let them get back to killing each other. And if they start supporting terrorists again, we can help them out with their desire for barbarity by bominging them back to the stone age.

Maybe we could take our aid dollars and offer asylum and huge grants to those willing to leave Afghanistan and convert to Christianity. I hear 7-11's in this country are having trouble finding help.

dcat said...

Anyone wanna join the WICCAN group?

Thanks Indigo I need to add this to my post! Very well done.

Indigo Rose said...

Today Rahman is to be released from prison (where he was sent for his own safety. he was threatened while in jail). According to the Afghan court there is a "lack of evidence that he converted to Christianity and a lot of legal gaps".
One source says he converted 16 yrs ago while working as a medical aid, another source says he has been begging for a bible since the move to the prison and yet another says he is mentally unstable.
It is the Islamic Clerics that have it correct - "he faces danger from his countrymen".
By the time the unidentified Western diplomat figures out if they should offer asylum, the man will be dead at the hands of The People.
Karzai has it all figured out. Perhaps this is what will be known as the Afghan Catch and Release program. Not all fish survive it, either.