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Monday, March 27, 2006

The Lynch Mobs Form

So it seems that Abdul Rahman is likely to not be executed by the state, but he is still in danger of being murdered for his beliefs by mob rule.

Afghans rally during a demonstration in the northern city of Mazar-i-Shariff, Afghanistan March 27, 2006. In the first protest over the case of Afghan man, Abdur Rahman who converted from Islam to Christianity, several hundred people led by clerics demonstrated in Mazar-i-Shariff, demanding Rahman be tried under Islamic law.

"...led by clerics." That is the scariest part of the whole paragraph. These people are ignorant. That's the bottom line of it, and clerics (presumably) are not. Whether or not the clerics are as ignorant as the people they are leading is immaterial, though. The point is that they are afforded authority among the people and their views are considered to be the views of divine or enlightened people.

This is why I will always oppose a civilization based on religious leadership. Because when the desires of the man in power come into the equation (and they always do), the authority of God is used to do the works of the Devil. Case in point: Abdul Rahman.