This Is a "Moderate" Cleric?

Monday, March 27, 2006

This Is a "Moderate" Cleric?

Concerning the fate of a Christian convert in Afghanistan, this was a story filed by the Associated Press reports:
Senior Muslim clerics are demanding that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity be executed, warning that if the government caves in to Western pressure and frees him, they will incite people to "pull him into pieces."

In an unusual move, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned President Hamid Karzai on Thursday seeking a "favorable resolution" of the case of Abdul Rahman. The 41-year-old former medical aid worker faces the death penalty under Afghanistan's Islamic laws for becoming a Christian.

... "Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die," said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hard-line regime was ousted in 2001.
On a related note, Americans would do well to remember that there was a time, many years ago, when the Taliban could also have been called a "faith-based initiative."

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