An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence, and he will be released soon, an official said.
The official told The Associated Press that the case had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Abdul Rahman would be released.
"The court dismissed today the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case," the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
"The decision about his release will be taken possibly tomorrow," he added.
The court, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, had been under intense international pressure to drop the case against Rahman, who faced a possible death sentence for his conversion.
Some Islamic clerics had called for him to be put to death, saying Rahman would face danger from his countrymen if he were released.
So for the time being, as long as the headlines are unfavourable towards Karzai's regime, Rahman will be safe. Sort of.
When Rahman becomes yesterday's news, the prosecutors will quietly resume their case--it hasn't been dropped, after all, merely sent back for further investigation--and Rahman will be given a much more low-key trial and execution.
But we have to start somewhere.
And if you think there has been a deafening silence from self-styled progressives on this issue, to some extent, you're right. They'll never say so publicly, but many of them are quietly cheering on Rahman's persecutors.
Underlying their hyperbole about the "Christian right" is their own hatred of the one religion they actively hate, as opposed to being merely indifferent towards, because it is the foundation of their own civilization that they have come to hate in their own self-loathing.
A good many of them hope our courts will one day do to the "Christian right" what Islamic courts do to many "apostates" now.
Hate crimes laws and human rights commissions just aren't doing the job for them.
Source: National Post