Wednesday, March 22, 2006

When freedom turns to "fraudom"

Nice to see that our newly "democratic" friends in Afghanistan understand the nuances of what is one of the United States' most cherished rights: freedom of religion.

The case of an Afghan man who could be prosecuted and even put to death for converting to Christianity has unleashed a blizzard of condemnation from the West this week and exposed a conflict in values between Afghanistan, a conservative Muslim country, and the foreign countries that have helped defend and rebuild it in the four years since the fall of the Taliban.

The case of Abdul Rahman, a longtime Christian convert who lived in Germany for years and was arrested last month in Kabul, has also highlighted the volatile debate within Afghanistan over the proper role of Islam in Afghan law and public policy as the country struggles to develop a democracy.

I guess freedom is in the eye of the beholder. Or the beheader, as the case may be.



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