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Kamran Mir Hazar
Letter to Editor
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This is something that has always
confused me about Islam. If Islam is the Truth, why does Islam
call for people who disagree to be killed or imprisoned? If it
is the Truth, people will flock to it.
As a Christian, serving the One
True Creator, I read in our scripture that Almighty God will
take vengeance and that we should treat our enemies with love
(Romans 12:18-20). Almighty God, or as Islam says, the God of
Christianity doesn't need me, a lowly human, to defend Him. He
is God, Creator of Heaven, Earth, Time and Space.
It is with great sadness that I read the
world news. To read that a civilized nation
of free people could consider beheading
a peaceful family man because he chooses a
religion other than what some cleric
declares as correct. I respect Islam, as
well as any other religion because I have
never personally spoken to the great
architect of our universe and he has not
personally told me his name. It might be
Allah, Jesus or another... I believe it is
Jesus and God, but I am not going to behead
one of gods children because they may feel
I have not lived in your country nor walked
in your shoes, but to execute someone for
this "crime" as you call it is deplorable.
Allah will judge you at the gates of heaven
and you shall burn in hell forever if you
carry out this murder in the name of Islam.
Have you so easily forgotten the Taliban? Do
you read your Koran and independently form
your own opinions as to the message
Your country is not the only one with
religious psycopaths. Here in America we
have had our share in the past and will
probably have to endure more in the future.
Here we are free thinkers and can/will form
our own opinions about the Holy Koran, Holy
Bible or any other religious scroll.
As it is said in the Christian Holy Bible,
"Let he who is without sin cast the first
stone"... I challenge you, the people of Afganistan,
to search your souls and in your very next
prayer to Allah ask him to punish all who
have ever sinned with the same punishment
that Abdul Rahman receives. For he who
judges shall also one day too be judged and
justice will be swift.
All people of Afganistan remember this, you
are only a free people today because of the
many gallons of Christian blood spilled on
your soil to defeat those who imprisoned you
for many decades with religious extremism.
The world and Allah is watching.....
Dear Mr. Kamran Mir Hazar:
Attached is my letter to Ambassador Jawad. Thank you for serving your country by being an editor who believes in freedom of press.
To His Excellency Said T. Jawad,
I am an American and a Christian and a woman, I have watched and prayed for the Afghan people, as they have been going through the difficult process of becoming a Democracy. I have rejoiced with the Afghan women as they won the freedom to vote and have an education. I wholeheartedly support the Afghan people as they have written their own Constitution. What an incredible freedom that is!
One of the greatest strengthens of any Democracy is for the citizens to have the freedom to worship as they believe; to have "no compulsion in religion"; to extend tolerance when others believe differently. We will always represent our Creator the best, when we value Human Life with dignity. Anytime a government de-values Human Life, we represent God inappropriately. I want to appeal to you and to the Afghan people to embrace the wonderful freedom of religion and freedom of ideas that Democracies around the world enjoy!
Please intervene on behalf of Abdul Rahman. I implore you and your government to not execute a man for his religious beliefs. I ask you to do this because I deeply believe it is the righteous action to take; to value Human Life and Freedom of religion, as more important than religious disagreement.
Several of my long-time neighbors are Muslim. I have home-movies of our children playing together over the years; Laughing, talking, enjoying life side-by-side in peace. They are all almost grown now. We have raised our children as devout Christians; and they have raised their children as devout Muslims. We have "agreed to disagree" on matters of religion, but we are a testimony to people of different faiths living in peace with one another. I want to humbly encourage the Afghan people to embrace the same, so that peace and freedom can spread around the world and bring greater glory to God.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email.
writing as a
and as an
to death or
a term in
through to a
to have any
I ask you to take positive
Journalistic action, to the
degree possible, in the case
of an Afghani national.
This morning I read about
the case of Abdul Rahman,
who will die, if convicted,
for choosing to become a
Christian. Mr. Rahman has
been a Christian for over 16
years and after refusing to
convert back it Islam his
life is in danger. As a
US Veteran and patriot for
choice and democracy, we
have to continue to evolve
and grow democracy in
Afghanistan. This trial of
Mr. Rahman seems to be
wrong. The Laws must be
changed. Where is the
freedom for Mr. Rahman?
Please, We must act. What
may I do to help you and
your position to save Mr.
Rahman and others who wish
to be free to choose their
Let me Know.
Columbia, SC, USA
I am writing to your newspaper to inform
you that I am completely disgusted and
outraged by the pending execution of
Abdul Rahman, whose only crime is being
a Christian and daring to say so out
loud. I am not a religious person, but
being a religious person is not a
crime. Allowing people to worship as
they wish, or not worship at all, is
something that your nation will have to
develop in order to join the modern
world, and leave the dark ages of
intolerance, cruelty, backwardness, and
ignorance behind. Now is the time for
your nation to begin to become a
legitimate part of the world.
As a citizen of the United States, I
will do everything in my power to
pressure my representatives in
government to cease any and all
financial and other aid to Afghanistan
if this execution is carried out. If
you, your government, and your fellow
Afghanis wish to behave in the manner of
a rogue state, then do not expect the
kindness and financial aid that is paid
for with our tax dollars.
And finally, your nation and religion
are providing a very negative example of
what it means to be a Muslim. It will
be a disgrace to Islam if Abdul Rahman
I am astonished at the
barbaric application of the law against 'apostasy' by
Muslims in your country. Didn't your government
recognize the freedom to worship as one pleases in your
constitution? Didn't they include the statement on
human rights from the UN that every person is entitled
to believe as they wish and to switch religions if they
so desire? Didn't your prophet himself say: 'There is no
compulsion in religion'?
How can this man be
prosecuted, then, and the death penalty be considered
for an act of freedom to which he is guaranteed the
right to? This is simply outrageous on the part of your
country and is viewed with horror by sane people all
over the world, especially Americans.
I can speak with
assurance that we didn't send our sons and daughters
over to your country to liberate you from one barbaric
regime, simply to see another one take its place.
Do you realize that
this prosecution against Abdul Rahman is a slap in the
face and an outright insult to my country, since most of
our citizens are Christians. And now you want to
execute a man who wants to become one also? What kind
of a message does this send to the US and the world?
One prosecutor involved
in this stated that Mr. Rahman's conversion to
Christianity is an 'attack on Islam' and therefore
cannot be allowed. How silly this is! Is Islam so weak
and troubled that one man's decision to leave it is an
Don't you realize that
attitudes like this only furthers the stereotype of
Islam an an intolerant and violent religion? If your
religion were more confident in itself, then the actions
of free men and women in and out of it would not
worry you one bit. The value of one's faith cannot be
very high when it is forced under fear of death.
Stop worrying so much
about 'attacks' on your religion. These attacks are
actually coming from your own actions of intolerance
against human rights which show the rest of the world
that Islam is a religion to be avoided at all costs.
Free this man at once
and eliminate this barbaric provision from your laws!
Then and only then will your country stand equal with
the rest of the world in recognizing basic human rights.
Letter to Editor
Afghanistan has a chance to show the
world that it is ready to lead the world in the sane
application of Islam. The West is watching: Free Abdul
Letter to Editor
writing to express my extreme displeasure and that of many other
Americans regarding the trial of Abdul Rahman, taking place
presently in Kabul. As I understand it, Mr. Rahman faces
possible execution for the simple "crime" of converting to
Christianity. Fundamental to any free and democratic society -
for which, I might note, brave Americans have spilled blood on
Afghani soil - is the freedom of individual conscience. It is
intolerable that a state that wishes friendly terms with the
United States of America should maintain standards of
ideological totalitarianism that warrant death for merely
claiming the name of Jesus Christ.
an injustice. Abdul Rahman must be exonerated immediately, and
Afghanistan must end this barbaric practice of murdering
converts to Christianity. Whatever appropriateness or
popularity the practice may have seemed to possess in the 7th
century is decidedly outdated.
Letter to Editor
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