Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The courage of his convictions

If you haven't heard of the story of Abdul Rahman you should take the time to read this Chicago Tribune article (h/t Michelle Malkin).

For the short version, Rahman is a former Muslim man in Afghanistan who while living outside of the country several years ago converted to Christianity. Today, due to that conversion he is on trial for his life, as it is considered a death sentence in many Islamic cultures, for anyone to leave Islam. Even with the removal of the ultra strict Taliban regime, much of Afghanistan follows the more hard lined Islamic traditions so the possibility of Abdul of paying the ultimate price for his faith is very real.

Personally, I think this speaks volumes about a religion that requires threats of death to anyone who would choose to leave. While in the West, many religions use a form of excommunication to punish people who leave, I believe fundamentalist Islam is one of the few, if not the only one, who actually consider it a crime worthy of death.

Please pray for Abdul.

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