Allan Wall at NewsMax.com skewers the Administration’s weak response to the Abdul Rahman case:
“Before September 11th, 2001, Afghanistan was ruled by a cruel regime that oppressed its people … The Afghan people are building a vibrant young democracy … America will stand with the Afghan people as they build a free society …” – President George W. Bush
Afghanistan now holds as prisoner its citizen Abdul Rahman, who faces the death penalty. Rahman’s crime? He converted from Islam to Christianity, a capital offense in “free” Afghanistan.
So what did President Bush have to say about that?
“I’m troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. That’s not the universal application of the values that I talked about. I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship.”
Excuse me, but that sounds rather tepid to me. Halfhearted. Lukewarm.
We know Bush can speak passionately on subjects he’s really interested in, like defending illegal immigration, for example. But defending a Christian in the Middle East? Apparently, that’s not a big priority.
The State Department’s responses were even worse. Questioned by a reporter, spokesman Sean McCormack refused to say that Rahman shouldn’t be executed, instead babbling on about how the judicial process should be “transparent.”
So it’s ok to kill a Christian as long as the “process” is “transparent?”
Read it all.