The Afghani Christian man, Abdul Rahman, who was just released from jail after charges of apostasy were dropped against him, has been granted amnesty by Italy. Why not by the US? Your guess is as good as mine. With the whackos threatening to kill him anyway, the US military should have taken the man into protective custody, flew him to the US and given him amnesty. But Italy granted amnesty and the Afghani parliament – you know, the government we set up, the one that relies on our protection in order to exist – is demanding that the man be prevented from leaving the country.
Afghan lawmakers debated the issue Wednesday and said Rahman should not be allowed to leave the country. However, they did not take a formal vote on the issue.
“We sent a letter and called the Interior Ministry and demanded they not allow Abdul Rahman to leave the country,” parliamentary speaker Yunus Qanooni told reporters on behalf of the entire body.
This is absolutely insane. If he stays, he’ll be killed, everyone knows that. We managed to pressure them enough to drop the charges, but it’s now clear that this was all a ruse. It’s clear now that they have no intention of actually allowing this man to be free. All they really did was drop the formal charges to allow a de facto judicial system to act as judge, jury and executioner for the man. And all because they are so crazed in their religious fanaticism that they cannot stand the thought that someone believes differently than they do.
There is no reasoning with such people; they are immune to reason, incapable of it, even opposed to it. If we allow this sort of thing to go on, it makes a transparent sham of all of our rhetoric about bringing “democracy” to the country. If this is democracy, to hell with democracy. Freedom is what matters, not democracy. Allowing a democratic government to destroy liberty instead of a dictatorship only changes the face of your executioner.
Update: AP is reporting that he actually has left Afghanistan. Let’s hope so.