Friday, March 24, 2006

Let's play "Spot The Moderate"

Via Mr E, yet more fun and games around the Abdul Rahman case (about which I have written before).
"The Prophet Muhammad has said several times that those who convert from Islam should be killed if they refuse to come back," says Ansarullah Mawlafizada, the trial judge.

"Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, kindness and integrity. That is why we have told him if he regrets what he did, then we will forgive him," he told the BBC News website...

... apparently without a trace of irony in his voice.

Slightly more worrying—especially, I would imagine, to those who would like to claim that the Afghan judiciary are just a few isolated loons—is the news that many ordinary Afghans are apparently in favour of executing this man.
The Afghan judiciary is dominated by religious conservatives, many with strong religious ties or backgrounds.
...

But the bigger problem confronting the president is that an overwhelming number of ordinary Afghans appear to believe Mr Rahman has erred and deserves to be executed.

As I said previously, the real mistake that the Coalition made was thinking that the Afghans would not want to elect a load of barbarians. What a sad mistake...

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