Tuesday, March 28, 2006

For This We Ousted The Taliban?

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.

10 comments:

The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

Especially because Islamic law respects the teachings of Christianity. Nothing near a death sentence.

fatty ~ said...

islam as a religion lays down rules of government in great detail. In the holy texts.

i'll repeat: islam by nature rules government and law as well as everyday life - it presides over everything.

by asking an islamic country to develop a non-religious government - they are going against their religion which mandates a specific type government and law-making.

the presumption of westerners is that they can and should control how other people want to run their country. Does this have to be the way to go?

Jack K. said...

Nope.

Pete Bogs said...

religion as the basis of government is one issue, but such disproportionate brutality is not acceptable... it's not our job to tell them this; it's their job to get a clue and move into the 21st century...

whatever Afghanistan or another country decides to do is up to them... I just regret helping overturn one brutal regime there for another... I learned about cultural relativity in school, and I chucked the concept long ago... like the Prime Directive of Star Trek fame, it's not realistic and doesn't work...

when women in the West are abused by a significant other or harassed at work, they have recourse... Pakistani who want to divorce their husbands often are killed by them... the law says "shame on you," and then lets the killers go... if this is what passes for culture, I don't feel the least bit guilty in criticizing it... it's not Western cultural imperialism, it's common decency...

cultural rights versus basic human rights is a tough issue, but between them I go with human rights every time...

ffff said...

Given half a chance Christians would want our Government ruled by their laws and have it lay down its interpretation of how we should conduct our every day life.
Superstition and control is based in all faiths no matter how you look at it. There is no room for it in a true democracy.
Good post Pete.

Pete Bogs said...

some still call America a Christian nation... while it's founder were Christian white men who owned slaves, immigration (including the Ellis Island kind and the kind that is being argued about today in Congress) has made this a pluralistic society - and there's no going back after all these centuries... a secular government that respects the rights of faiths to exist is the only way... of course, if any of those faiths wants to murder converts, they'll lose their right to respect...

fatty ~ said...

the way westerners see:
respect thy neighbour
monogamous relationships
killing is bad
violence should be avoided
respect your mother and father...

is a reflection on the foundations of modern nations in Christianity. Our entire interpretation of right and wrong is based on the Christian religion. Because once that was law. It is not now.

The laws that govern our largely secular governments nevertheless reflect the origin of our culture in European Christianity.
[this has nothing to do with your post =P just commenting on religion and government]

Pete Bogs said...

true, fatty, and I acknowledge my country's Christian origins... but for a place like the US, having laws come directly from the Bible just doesn't work anymore...

Bird said...

i'm behind the times here in posting a comment - probably no one will see. but i am compelled. (i am so sick of grading papers, i'll even comment on day-old posts.)

our entire interpretation of right and wrong is based on christian law? oh contraire.

nope. the rules you quote are from the old testament -the ten commandments - and it wasn't christians who came up with that - hebrews came up with that.

the golden rule - do unto others as you would have others do unto you - was not originally christian. i can't recall where it came from - have to do some digging.

and there's also that guy, hummaraib or something like that - long before the christians. and his code had some good "rules to live by."

Pete Bogs said...

I always check back a few posts, bird... Hammurabi's Code, right? holidays and other "Christian" stuff are all stolen from other faiths, it seems...

or was it DaVinci's Code?