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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Holding my breath for Abdul Rahman

Abdul Rahman, facing the death penalty in Afghanistan for converting to Christianity, is granted asylum in Italy, though the Afghan parliament is trying to block it. Though his whereabouts seem unknown, presumably the Italians know. Let's hope so.

As a reminder, from the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 18):

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Perhaps this one incident has been avoided, though not solved. What about the next one? Is a clash of civilizations ultimately unavoidable, one way or another?

Update: Apparently, he has arrived in Italy.

Update 3/30: The Malung points out that CAIR advocated for their release: "Islamic civil rights group says conversion a personal, not state matter". (Yes, the same organization roundly criticized by Michelle Malkin and LGF.) And, importantly, they make a case from the Koran.

Update, 4/2: Many more Abdul Rahmans.


(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)

disturbing stuff. I think the guys I was filming agree with the death penalty for this but I don't think any of them would do it. I found this on Omegaprojektet- veiled for allah

Thanks for the link. I bumped it up into the main post.

I agree that many more may advocate it than would cheerfully carry it out (at least in the West, and maybe further). After all, Rahman made it as far as he did. But one never knows.

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