20 March, 2006

Afghan man might be condemned to death for converting to Christianity

I found this article on the Beeb's site.

Methinks that to be a little harsh but as it's Sharia law I guess there's nothing to be done. I wonder if the guy would have been better off becoming a Jedi.

11 comments:

Desert_Weasel said...

I think the crime is deserting Islam so probably not.

fabio prado said...
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fabio prado said...

Why does he couldn't just pretend that changed his mind for the trial?

secretdubai said...

I've never quite understood this. I thought that there was no compulsion in Islam. One should be free to personally worship as one wishes.

It is wrong for any religion to force its adherents to do or believe anything. They should be free to join and leave that religion as they wish. Otherwise is oppression, not faith.

Tainted Female said...

I think the reasoning secret, has more to do with the influence such a conversion may have on the masses...

If one guy finds 'truth' in a religion established before Islam, he'll be further inclined to 'show others' his truth.

Most converts to any religion spend an initial amount of time trying to convince others of the truth they've just discovered...

I know I did when I became Muslim. And I know reborn Christians are always trying to influence those they know...

fabio prado said...

Me neither, SD. BTW I have a friend from a Jewish family that is converted to Islam and the worst thing that happened to him was his father stop to giving money.

Actually its not so unusual here, as Jew and Arab neighbourhood are the same.

the shadow said...

All religions are always trying to convert people, always have been. I don't think someone renouncing their Christian faith in the 1400s would have faired better but, um, that was about 600 years ago wasn't it?

Maybe Afghanistan is a little extreme, but I am curious to know what would happen in the UAE vis a vis the legal system?

Tainted Female said...

There's actually a famous national guy who became Christian years ago, and can still be seen walking around Citycenter talking to people about Jesus....

For the life of me, I can't remember his name... Someone here must know who I'm talking about... He's origionally from Sharjah, a huge family, too...

John B. Chilton said...

tainted female identifies the issue: containing contagion.

Even if the convert is unlikely to be an active prostelitizer if the community does nothing the community is implicitely legitimizing conversion.

Evidence shows that in an environment (like the US) where religions are allowed to compete the most successful denominations are the most strict. People seeking religion seek strict.

On the other hand, in countries where the state supports one denomination over others -- e.g., the Lutheran Church in Germany -- those denomination die a quiet death from the inside out.

I've yet not sorted out where that leaves the Muslim ummah.

I sporadically explore such issues at The New Virginia Church Man.

As regards my personal religious preferences, I prefer a tolerant but, paradoxically, traditional form of Anglicanism where I can be comfortable being somewhat heretical. I'd prefer to see Anglicanism die than to have it turn strict about what you have to believe to be a member.

My neighbors don't have to worry about me seeking to convert them.

azucenamaryam said...

When I was in the US, I worked for a social services agency that supported, promoted, and funded a full scale attempt to mass convert the children of Afghanistan to Christianity.

There is a lot of tolerlance in Islam for other religions, but one is not permitted to commit shirk, which is assigning partnters to Allah and it is a grave sin.

Now, I don't want to go into, a humanzied version of Allah, say that he should be like this and he should be like that, becuase that is just lowering the Him to my level and in some ways by doing that I am denying Him the due respect.

I really don't know how a person could be condemned to death under Karzai's rule, when his is simply the puppet of the US. Doing this could me a direct lost of funding.

Perhaps it's just a his peers who are doing this and perhaps converting is not really the issue, but the exuse.

You guys should go to Mother Jones and look up the article, Stealth Crusade.

In that article it tells how Christian Missionaries go to places like this fully aware of what will happen to these new converts and they say "Well Jesus died, for his beliefs, then surely they can too."

I am sure that since a lot of these prostelyzers are American, perhaps these converts think that it can help them get a visa or citzenship to the US.

Anonymous said...

this is the reason why
many people who i know have converted to christianty but are very quite about it ...
but if it as the other way around its no problem ..
so what does that go to show you ??

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