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Monday, March 20, 2006

Afghani on Trial for Converting to Christianity

The BCC is reporting today on the case of Abdul Rahman, who has been put on trial in Afghanistan, charged with rejecting Islam. Rahman could face the death penalty if convicted, unless he recants.

In a statement that stretches the most politically correct definition of tolerance, the judge in the trial is offering to be tolerant:

Trial judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah told the BBC that Mr Rahman, 41, would be asked to reconsider his conversion, which he made while working for a Christian aid group in Pakistan.

"We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him," the judge told the BBC on Monday.

So, if he is convicted of becoming a Christian, and sentenced to death, what should be the official US Government response? After all, the US and its coalition/NATO partners have poured billions of dollars into Afghanistan since 2001.

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