Your Mind or Your Life

That’s apparently the choice being offered to the repatriated Afghan, Abdul Rhaman, who moved back to Afghanistan from Germany after, you know, we made it a "free country" and all.

He’s facing conviction and execution for the crime of converting to Christianity. It’s the law, you know, and as moronic commenters to other posts on this blog have been pointing out, to obey and enforce the law is always of paramount concern. As an Afghan Christian, he’s "ILLEGAL."

He does have a chance at being spared, though, by being declared insane. So, either he has to die, or suffer the indignity of being a mental case.

Afghanistan’s constitution is based on Shariah law, which is
interpreted by many Muslims to require that any Muslim who rejects
Islam be sentenced to death. The state-sponsored Afghanistan
Independent Human Rights Commission has called for Rahman to be
punished, arguing he clearly violated Islamic law.

The case has received widespread attention in Afghanistan where many people are demanding Rahman be severely punished.

"For 30 years, we have fought religious wars in this country and
there is no way we are going to allow an Afghan to insult us by
becoming Christian," said Mohammed Jan, 38, who lives opposite Rahman’s
father, Abdul Manan, in Kabul. "This has brought so much shame."

I hasten to add that the imperative is to protect ourselves, America, and indeed, rational and freedom-loving people worldwide from clearly conveyed threats. I mean, that’s an imperative, to outweigh all other considerations, no matter how grave. It will be fine with me to let those dirt-scratching primitives deal with one-another as the misogynist, mystical, pre-conceptual organisms they are. I don’t know if they are prepared to keep to their primitive ways, and I don’t know if the seeds for any sort of eventual Enlightenment have yet been sown.

To execute a man because of his religious beliefs, via the organized power of the state, with the citizenry cheering you on…? And they’re breeding and reproducing misogynist, mystical, pre-conscious offspring by the millions…?

Well, those who speak the language and desire Enlightenment for the Muslim world had better get on the ball, because with this wide of a gulf between primitivity and modernity, with some of these regimes getting awfully close to nuclear and/or biological weapons technology, this just might not end well for them; and, as I said: there is the imperative.

I’ll leave it at that, the implications being clear.

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  1. kristinaq on March 22, 2006 at 13:32

    Okay, I see there that you are referring to one of my comments to an earlier post regarding the government's say in the Church's handling of illegal immigrants, or, to be more politically correct, "undocumented" immigrants. I do believe that here in America, there is much to be improved upon in the area of immigration and the handling of those who enter and/or stay in our country illegally.

    However, the situation that you have described in this post is very much different, and it is simply unbelievable and quite atrocious that Rhaman faces execution just because of his choice of religion. I agree with you, it is very primitive practice to condemn one because of one's choice of religion.

  2. Richard Nikoley on March 22, 2006 at 13:42


    My reference was concerning those who are incapable of thinking beyond the legal/illegal issue. They are essentially regurgitating robots, nothing more.

    "Oh, it's illegal? Ok, stop thinking."

  3. Peter Porcupine on March 22, 2006 at 20:40

    I am blogging about this too, and I have a link to a CBS news story in my post.

    I am very moved and upset over this – a man forced to declare imself 'insane' like in Soviet Russia, renoucne his faith, or die.

    Of course, it's all Bush and Cheney's fault. Somehow.

  4. JustaDog on March 23, 2006 at 11:33

    Ah – the Religion of Peace.

    They are required by their leaders to make sure everyone eventually makes that choice – I guess it is their warped concept of freedom of choice.

    Eventually, if left unchecked, it will continue to happen more and more and more.

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