Said Musa faces death for apostasy from a government the U.S. installed and in accordance with a Constitution that the U.S. endorsed. An update on this story. “Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam,” by Matiullah Mati for CNN, November 21 (thanks to Mackie):
An Afghan Christian, detained for months for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam, could face trial as early as next week – and could face a potential death penalty, officials said Sunday. [...]
The Afghan Constitution does not mention converting from one religion to another, so the judge will take Islamic law into account, officials said.
“According to Afghanistan’s constitution, if there is no clear verdict as to whether an act is criminal or not in the penal code of the Afghan Constitution, then it would be referred to sharia law where the judge has an open hand in reaching a verdict,” Shenwari said.
Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death….
Nice of CNN to admit it, after obfuscating it before.
The U.S. State Department said last week in its annual International Religious Freedom Report that “respect for religious freedom” decreased in Afghanistan in the last year, “particularly toward Christian groups and individuals.”
And yet no pressure whatsoever comes from that State Department to the Afghan government we’re propping up, to improve that situation.
Christians, Hindus and Sikhs – as well as Muslims whose practices don’t satisfy the government or society – suffer “intolerance in the form of harassment, occasional violence, discrimination and inflammatory public statements,” the report said. It estimated the Afghan Christian community ranges from 500 to 8,000 people.