The news about Afghanistan’s desires to execute a man for becoming a Christian came as something of a disappointment. Yes, like many Americans, I’m all a-twitter with the glorious dawn of democracy in that liberated land, but with all due respect, I personally disagree with the idea of executing people for religious differences. OK, I admit to a certain bias here, not wanting to be executed myself – but wouldn’t it be more democratic to just, say, pillage and beat Christian converts rather than killing them?
I mean, didn’t we liberate Afghanistan from the dreaded Taliban? Didn’t we bring liberty and freedom to that land? Didn’t Americans give their lives for the liberation of Afghanistan, which now has shown a certain fascination with eradication of Christianity and the killing of converts? Frankly, I think such policies could ultimately have a chilling effect on religious liberty.
I remember the media gushing over the fact that women didn’t need to wear burkas now, telling us how much hope there was in this land of emerging freedom. I guess we need to overlook these little inconsistencies and stick with the dream.
And does anyone else care about the increased difficulty the Christians of Iraq are facing now that their land has also been liberated? I mean, after so many centuries in Iraq, it is tragic that now is the time they feel a need to flee that nation. (And does making Islam the official state religion in the provisional constitution we gave Iraq bother you?)
So where is the religious liberty that we have been hoping to see? Does it matter?