Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Madness of 'Sharia Law'

Two articles at WorldNetDaily indicate that Kabul may drop the case against Abdul Rahman who is a strong believer in Jesus Christ. The Afghan prosecutors are deperately searching for a way to drop the controversial case and seem to have settled on declaring Rahman "mad."

So, just who are the mad ones in this story? Just what is their so-called "Sharia Law" considered to be if not true madness?

Sheesh!!

According to reports, the man converted to Christianity over 16 years ago...now they decide to prosecute him and give him the death penalty sentence? They are the ones who are insane!

I received the following email message and was asked to pass it along to as many as possible, so here is what you can do to help Abdul Rahman:

ALERT: Sixteen years ago, Abdul Rahman, a Muslim from Afghanistan, converted to Christianity while living in Pakistan.

Six years later, the murderous Taliban took power in Afghanistan. Under their oppressive Islamofascist rule, those promoting Christianity in that country could be arrested... and anyone actually converting from Islam could be tortured and publicly executed.

In 2001, one month after the 9/11 attacks, American and allied forces liberated the people of Afghanistan in "Operation Enduring Freedom," marking the beginning of the War on Terror. The Taliban's religious repression was gone, and Abdul Rahman moved back home.

Last month, he was arrested by Afghan authorities for converting from Islam... and now faces the death penalty.

You read that right: in the country we liberated, they're preparing to execute a man for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Is this the "Enduring Freedom" our troops sacrificed so much for? Of course not -- something MUST be done to prevent this travesty.

TAKE ACTION: Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) has written to the government of Afghanistan, saying, "In a country where soldiers from all faiths, including Christianity, are dying in defense of your government, I find it outrageous that Mr. Rahman is being prosecuted and facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity." Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah says that the Afghan Embassy in Washington had received "hundreds of messages" on the issue.

Obviously, IT'S NOT ENOUGH. We need to join OUR voices together to protest this OUTRAGE of religious persecution. Click below NOW to send a message directly to the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., demanding that President Hamid Karzai STOP these proceedings against Abdul Rahman, and move to ensure TRUE freedom of religion in this new democratic republic:

Send a message to the Afghan Embassy.

NOTE: The name "Abdul Rahman" is Arabic for "Servant of the Merciful". Abdul refuses to renounce his beliefs, responding "I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ." Doesn't he deserve the support of ALL of us who cherish freedom?

Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to help save the life of a Christian in Afghanistan. Thank you!

Sincerely,
William Greene, President
RightMarch.com

9 comments:

Christinewjc said...

It is certainly good news that the charges have been dropped against the Afghan Christian man who left Islam 16 years ago.

I do find it sad that one of the excuses being touted out there is that these so-called 'officials' seem to believe that he must be "mentally unfit" to stand trial.

Bullcrap!

The ONLY reason why he is being persecuted is because of his faith in Jesus Christ.

Quote from the article link:

" An Afghan Christian in the U.S. who has regular contact with Christians in his home country through his ministry, posted a video clip of Rahman on his website.

Rahman says in the clip, according to Andaryas: "The punishment by hanging? I will accept it gladly, but I am not an infidel. I am not a traitor. I am a follower of Jesus."

Mentally unfit? He sounds more like a very brave and faithful follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Christinewjc said...

And then we have this completely unrelated excuse!

Ridiculous!!

Juan Buhler said...

Islam is going through a dark age, similar to the one Christianity went through in the middle ages. In Spain for example, there was freedom of religion during Muslim rule, which ended when the Catholic Kings kicked them out (it is very funny how I was taught that Spain was "liberated" in 1492 though--I guess Jews and Muslims didn't think that way.)

The Afghan court is not doing anything illegal according to their constitution, which was hailed by President Bush as being an example of democracy in that region. Maybe he wasn't right, don't you think?

As for the comment on homosexual marriage: He's just being consistent with scripture. Your own Leviticus 20:13 says that homosexuals should be put to death--it's good that our laws are not based on any religions.

Last, you say "The ONLY reason why he is being persecuted is because of his faith in Jesus Christ."
Not really. the reason he's being persecuted is that he converted away from Islam. If he had become an atheist he'd be persecuted in the same way.

Saltnlight said...

What in the world has gay marriage got to do with killing a person for their choice in religious beliefs??? Christians who are true to the word of God do not condone homosexuality at all. In this we and the Afghanis agree. I would gladly die rather than agree with homosex marriages.

Juan Buhler said...

"I would gladly die rather than agree with homosex marriages."

What a horrible thing to say. Why would a straight, secure in their sexuality person care?

Do you have any gay friends? Family?

In any case, it will happen before you think. And the world will be a better place for it.

Boo said...

Well, you see saltnlight, no one's asking you to agree with it. We just don't want people's religious disagreements enshrined in secular law. I don't agree with the doctrine of transubstantiation, but I don't want my theological disagreement enshrined in law.

Christinewjc said...

Juan,

You stated, "Not really. the reason he's being persecuted is that he converted away from Islam. If he had become an atheist he'd be persecuted in the same way."

You could be correct but I doubt that the persecution would be the same. People converting to a religion regarded by Muslims as apostasy and heresy isn't the same as someone who doesn't know or believe there is a God (or, in the Muslim case, "allah"). Perhaps if he was an atheist, they would try to convert him to Islam.

The fact that Rahman would not renounce his allegiance to Jesus Christ and the fact that a Bible was found in his home led to his arrest. Apparently, he had quietly converted and lived as a Christian amongst the Muslim population for 16 years. It was only when evidence of his conversion was found that he was asked what he believed. He admitted to being a Christian and the rest is history.

Juan Buhler said...

Apostasy is the renouncement of one's religion. It doesn't necessarily involve conversion to another, and this is how Sharia law defines it.

Muslims actually see Christians in a better light than they see atheists. Jesus is for them one of the prophets.

Why do I feel that your outrage wouldn't be as big, if, say, someone over in Afghanistan were sentenced to death for being a homosexual?

Christinewjc said...

But Muslims refuse to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. Their prophet Muhammed is considered above the 'prophet' Jesus.

Jesus was more than just a prophet. Many places in Scripture share the fact that he was God in the flesh. Jesus said, "I and my Father are one."

John 10:30 - I and [my] Father are one.

John 17:22 - And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (Jesus said this during a prayer to the Father.)

1 John 5:7 - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

(The Living Word is Jesus.)



Juan stated," Why do I feel that your outrage wouldn't be as big, if, say, someone over in Afghanistan were sentenced to death for being a homosexual?"

Well, you can (and will) believe what you want to believe. However, I was very outraged when a man beat to death another man dressed as a woman and got off easy because he used the "homosexual panic" defense. I thought that was awful.

Even though he was fooled into thinking the transvestite was a woman, the man didn't have to kill him. That excuse should be changed in our laws, but I still think the blanket law of "hate crimes" can be misused too easily.