Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Problems with "the religion of peace"

A recent AP article chronicles the plight of Abdul Rahman, a 41 year old brother arrested last month in Afghanistan and charged with the "crime" of converting to Christianity from Islam (a so-called "relgion of peace"). The judge in the case is quoted as saying, "We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan this sort of thing is against the law.... It is an attack on Islam."
Is this what our "liberation" of Afghanistan has given us: A state where the Taliban is not in power but where the law of the land is based on Islamic Shariah law?
Here is the rub with any naive effort at nation-building in Islamic nations. You cannot build a democratic society (where basic human rights, including religious freedom, are respected) in a nation in which Islam is the dominant worldview.
We should pray for this brother and his testimony and for God to raise up a vibrant church in Afghanistan.

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