March 21, 2006, - 3:49 pm

Return of Taliban Afghanistan?: Help Save a Christian

By Debbie Schlussel
Kudos to Michelle Malkin for being on top of the tragic story of Abdul Rahman and issuing a call to action to save him (here, here, here, and here). He faces the death penalty in Afghanistan for the “crime” of converting to Christianity.
Yup, that Afghanistan. The one where our mostly Christian taxpayers sent a boatload of money and soldiers to install democracy and freedom. Clearly, nothing has changed from the days of the Taliban.
Per instructions and info on Michelle’s site, I called the Embassy of Afghanistan to register my complaint. I was told by the sympathetic Afghani on the other end of the phone that he, too, is upset by this, but there is nothing he or the embassy can do.
The man I spoke with said that they got 50 calls about this today, and that they have no authority to save the man. He said there are only two people who can stop this: Mr. Shinwari, the Chief Justice, who is an old man and an intolerant Taliban remnant; or President Karzai, who can–but has not–removed him.
Nice to know that all our soldiers’ efforts and U.S. funds are being negated by a powerful remnant of the Taliban, not (why?) replaced by Karzai.
There is actually a third man who holds all the cards, President Bush.
Call the White House: 202-456-1111
Call the State Department: 202-647-4000
And call the Embassy of Afghanistan: 202-483-6410
(Or e-mail.)

And register your outrage. Help save the life of this innocent man, Abdul Rahman.
Ironically, Rahman means “the merciful.” It is one of the many names Muslims use for Allah. Tell them to show some mercy to this innocent man.

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4 Responses

Thanks for posting this information Debbie! One would think that this story would be all over our MSM but is it? What an outrage! Yes, it’s becoming quite clear that to be a Christian or Jew in many parts of the world can indeed be hazardous to one’s health — if not fatal.

DeBodine on March 21, 2006 at 4:52 pm

But Bush said he made the world safer. Taliban can’t be back.
May 8, 2003, Christian Science Monitor, front page article “Taliban appears to be regrouped and well-funded.” This is nothing new, and shows the consequence of going after Iraq and lying about the reasons, rather than finishing the job in Afghanistan, the country which actually does have a connection to the events of September 11, 2001, and where, as Debbie has documented here, the old atrocities are happening again. The press is ignoring this case, and so is the Bush administration.

hqsbud on March 22, 2006 at 3:17 am

I called their embassy and was transferred to someone in their public affairs office named Joshua Gross (his email address is gross@embassyofafghanistan.org) and all you get is a long bunch of bs on his outgoing message about Mr. Rahman’s mental state. Amazing.

StephenBurd on March 23, 2006 at 10:23 am

I think after the attempted port deal with Dubai, plenty of people understand better than ever why Dubya simply can’t be relied on to help defend people who’re being persecuted for their freedom to choose a religion.
Unless Islam is excluded from any constitution in Afghanistan, the country will never be a democracy.

Avi Green on March 23, 2006 at 11:16 am

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