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March 20, 2006

Man Faces Death Penalty For Abandoning Islam

In Afghanistan. Wonderful.

A MAN detained by police for converting from Islam to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refused to become a Muslim again, an Afghani judge said today.

Islamic sharia law proposes the death sentence for Muslims who abandon the religion. Afghanistan's new constitution says "no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam".

Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada said the suspect, Abdur Rahman, was arrested after members of his family informed police of his conversion.

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Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country and 99 per cent of its more than 25 million people are Muslim.

99% Muslim? No previous prosecutions? Well, yeah, I guess a death penalty for apostacy can get you that kind of dominance.

His family members informed on him to police. His family.

Literal Islam -- and I'm not sure how else Islam can be interpreted but literally, as it was supposedly dictated verbatim by God's messenger Gabriel himself -- is simply not compatible with democracy or, for that matter, freedom and human autonomy.

You exist to serve Allah. And, in fact, everyone exists to serve Allah, and if they don't, you force them to serve Allah, you kill them, or your simply make them subordinate dhimmis. And furthermore, this commandment shall be enforced by the state.

Thanks to Craig.


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