I read an AP news story today linked from the Drudge Report. The Afghan court has dropped the case against Abdul Rahman for his crime of becoming a Christian for lack of evidence. It is expected that he will be released soon. This is good news, but he’s not completely out of the woods yet.
An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released.
Unless he leaves the country quickly, he will live under the threat of the case being reopened. It is also worth noting the many Muslim clerics who have threatened to have him killed even if he is released. As one cleric said, “We must set an example… He must be hanged.” Or others might think it’s OK to leave Islam.
When I realized that leaving Islam is an act punishable by death, it reminded me of the Iron Curtain thrown up by the Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe countries. They claimed that the wall was to keep the West out, but the truth is it was created to keep their people in. And people who were willing to challenge their edict that they couldn’t leave were sometimes killed as they attempted the crossing. I remember visiting the museum at Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin in the mid-80s. In the museum was a large map showing the wall around West Berlin, and hundreds of little black crosses circled the city, showing where people had died trying to leave the East.
I don’t want to see Abdul Rahman become a little black cross showing that he died trying to leave Islam.