Alpine Summit

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More Christians in Afghanistan

Now that Abdul Rahman's story is getting more attention, two more Christians have been arrested for apostacy in Afghanistan. An additional Christian was beaten unconscious. All this for simply turning away from Islam (as supported by the Koran). Yes. Religion of peace.

Also, Bush had this to say about the ordeal.

"We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom," Bush said. "I'm troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. That's not the universal application of the values that I talked about. I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship."

I'm not sure what he means by "held to account," but it is indeed troubling. The problem here, with all due respect Mr. Bush, is that Islam is inherently against individual freedoms. These people are trying to abide by universal human rights laws, while at the same time trying to have sharia law. The two are mutually exclusive. It's like saying you want to walk east while at the same time saying you want to walk west. It just doesn't work. Unless you push Karzai to somehow pull (or wean) his people away from their desire to institute theocratic law, this sort of thing is going to continue to happen.

Speaking of Bush; in a press conference recently, he mentioned the "improvements" that have been made since the end of the Taliban's rule.

There 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.

Hollow words, I must say, when we can see this sort of thing is still going on. When I see converted Christians able to openly profess their faith on the streets of Kabul without fear of death or beatings, THEN I will count it as an improvement. The terrorists may be gone, but the full concept of what democracy should look like among the Afghan people still has a ways to go. In other words, this situation proves they still need our help and will continue to need our help for years to come.