Christian Convert in Afghanistan (now, Italy)

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The man sentenced to die for converting from Islam has now fled to Italy, and the government in Afghanistan want him back.

He was let off trial, but there’s a lot of local (to Afghanistan) uproar about letting him out of the country, most of it focused on Italy, who have stated that they’ll be granting him asylum.

The topic brings up a lot of related thorny issues – any thoughts from anyone on the following….

Why does ‘death sentence for converting to Christianity’ prompt a global outrage, when the other atrocities that are occuring go seemingly unnoticed? (The brutality of Afghani tribal law, for example, where women can be gang-raped in retribution for perceived slights; the over-all treatment of women; child marriage; general stoning and slaughter of homosexuals and other minorites; etc.)

Although this issue (the conversion) is certainly worthy of intervention – doesn’t it show a distinct religious bent to the Western world as well?

And, more succinctly, What the fuck are we doing in Iraq when we still haven’t sorted out the mess in Afghanistan?

1 Comment so far

  1. Jared (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    William Buckley (American columnist) on the situation…

    Here.



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