Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Bringing Freedom to Afghanistan

That wonderful democratic government we’ve installed in Afghanistan has, in its magnanimity, reduced the sentence of a young journalist who dared to criticize the Quran’s view of women from death to a mere 20 years in prison.

An appeals court sentenced a young Afghan journalist to 20 years in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, overturning a death sentence ordered by a provincial court but raising further concerns of judicial propriety in the case.

Judicial propriety? They’re worried about judicial propriety in a country that puts people to death for blasphemy? It isn’t the judges that are the problem, it’s the barbaric laws that are the problem. Here’s more on that wonderful court system they have:

The court in Mazar-i-Sharif sentenced Mr. Kambakhsh to death in January, after a five-minute trial in which he was not allowed to offer a defense.The appeal was heard in a Kabul court before a panel of three judges and involved several hearings over a number of months.

John Dempsey, an American lawyer observing the hearing in Kabul, said Mr. Kambakhsh was not treated fairly. “He was detained far longer than he should have been legally held,” he said, according to The A.P. “The defense lawyer was not even allowed to meet the witnesses until a night before the trial.”

I’m waiting for the religious right to declare this judge a judicial activist for not putting the guy to death.