The message of Islamic apologists such as Khaled Abou El Fadl, who maintain that Islam does not actually prescribe the execution of apostates, has not gotten through to the mobs in Afghanistan still howling for Abdul Rahman’s blood. Now why is that? I’d like to see Khaled Abou El Fadl answer that question.
From AP, with thanks to JE:
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity quickly vanished Tuesday after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death….
On Monday, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting “Death to Christians!” marched through the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif to protest the court decision Sunday to dismiss the case. Several Muslim clerics threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.
“Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it,” said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz. “The Christian foreigners occupying Afghanistan are attacking our religion.”