Friday, March 24, 2006
"Insane" to be a Christian?
News reports today say that an Afghan Christian, who was arrested and threatened with the death penalty for the "crime" of accepting Jesus as his Savior, will probably be released from jail, thanks to pressure from Western governments.
Abdul Rahman, 41, became a Christian 16 years ago when working with Christian aid workers. Afghan officials have been discussing letting Rahman go by declaring him not guilty by reason of insanity.
The man may or may not have mental problems, but I suspect this is just a face-saving solution to let Rahman go. Yet it creates a new offense to Christians, but imlying to the Christian world that if a person converts from Islam to Christianity, he must be insane.
The United States has 16,000 soldiers in Afghanistan to help root out the old Taliban regime. Thousands of those soldiers, more than likely, are Christians. How does this make them feel?
UPDATE: A report on Sunday, March 26 says that Rahman will likely be released for lack of evidence. Again, they are searching for a reason to let him go. The evidence that he is a Christian is clear. Read this report from the Associated Press and ask yourself if there is enough evidence:
"If I must die, I will die," Rahman told the Rome daily La Repubblica, which did not interview him directly but channeled questions through a human rights worker who visited him in prison.
Rahman said he chose to become a Christian "in small steps" after leaving Afghanistan around 1990. He moved to Peshawar, Pakistan, then Germany and tried to get a visa in Belgium.
"In Peshawar, I worked for a humanitarian organization. They were Catholics," Rahman said. "I started talking to them about religion, I read the Bible, it opened my heart and my mind."
After saying he was ready to die, he told La Repubblica: "Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us," in a clear reference to Jesus Christ.
FURTHER UPDATE: Rahman was released and safely out of the country of Afghanistan.