Looks like Christendom will have to wait for its next martyr.
Abdul Rahman, who faced a death sentence in Afghanistan for converting from Islam to Christianity, has been freed.
After the world loudly objected to the sentence, which was to be carried out in accordance with the country’s Islam-based laws, Afghani officials relented. This is not the first time international intervention has stopped a cruel faith-based sentence from being carried out.
Rahman is also said to have mental problems that make him unfit for trial, though if you ask me, the ones attempting to prosecute him are the real lunatics in this story.
Even as the decision to drop the case against Rahman has been made, hard-line Afghans continue to call for the death sentence to be carried out. Apparently some people there have ideas of "justice" creepier than the visage of their namesake dog.
Whatever your chosen faith’s holy book might say, or what you have interpreted it as saying, killing people for converting from it, or over cartoon depictions of the main deity, or for disrespecting the book in a commode is uncivilized, prehistoric behavior that should not be practiced in 2006.
Let me put it another way: It sure won't win you any friends.
I supported the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan, the home of Al Qaeda and their enabler-hosts, the Taliban. But American troops shouldn’t still be over there fighting to support a regime that would allow such barbarism. It's counter to their mission.