Our American soldiers have been giving their lives in the war in Afghanistan. Our government has given us two primary reasons to justify this war: the capture/termination of Osama bin Laden and the overthrow of the Taliban for the purpose of establishing democracy. We have heard of the civil injustices suffered by the citizens of Afghanistan, particularly the women. We have seen the purple thumbs raised proudly to signify the advent of free elections. We have been assured that democracy is prevailing in this battered nation.
And now this:
41-year-old, Abdul Rahman, has converted from Islam to Christianity. His own family turned him in to the government which then arrested him. He is to be tried, and if convicted, he will be hung. At last report, he is refusing to recant and we are now being told that his only hope is to be found “insane”.
Does this sound like democracy? Does this sound like the “peaceful, tolerant religion” that Islam purports to be? Is this what our troops are dying for over there?
Our State Department has indicated that they are “closely monitoring” the situation. This is politic-speak for “doing nothing”. I do not mean this next statement to be critical of our president. I believe that President Bush loves God and I admire him for that. His rhetoric, however, in this entire war has been that we should promote abroad the same liberties that we enjoy here. He has repeatedly expressed his desire that democracy flourish.
I share that same desire, but if we sit by and allow this man to die, when we have the power and the right to intervene, we are no better than those who will place the noose around the neck of our brother in Christ.
What can we do? First and foremost, we should pray. The Bible tells us that the heart of kings is in God’s hand and He has the power to turn them. Second, we should raise a hue and cry about this. Let us exercise our democratic prerogative and give voice to this. Contact our leaders and urge them act. You can contact President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, and Secretary of State Rice. Contact your U.S. Senator, ask them to exert all the influence they have to stop this.
May God help us.
I have just found and signed a petition for Mr. Rahman’s release. Please take a few seconds and sign this petition that is directed at both the U.S. and Afghan governments.
Hat tip: Frank “Centuri0n” Turk