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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Abdul Rahman Reports

Michelle Malkin is keeping up with this story, and has posted a few articles that are popping up. This one from the International Christian Concern has the most telling section:

Rahman, who is about 41 years old, converted from Islam to Christianity over 16 years ago. He was turned in to authorities last month by his own family for rejecting Islam. Afghanistan’s new constitution declares that no law can be contrary to the religion of Islam, which radical Muslims say demands the death penalty for any Muslim who abandons their faith. However, Afghanistan’s constitution also demands that the state protect the liberty and dignity of all people, and affirms the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in Article 18:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Now, I'm no fan of the U.N., but that's a pretty straight-forward, clear, declaration on how to exercise religious freedom. The problem is that Islam is not a religion that wants religious freedom. The closest it comes is requiring a tax on all non-Muslims to practice their faith. Any converted Muslims to another faith are to be killed according to the Koran (4:89). This is why the middle east, the arab world, or the Muslim world, are so far behind the rest of the world. The greatest advancements in society for the past 2-300 years has been because of democracies and individual freedoms. Something Islam could never be the progenitor of by its very nature. Also a reason people in the middle east are still living in medieval times.