If Islam is really a religion of peace, and there are only a few "extremists" who high-jack it, as Dr. Medhi Aminrazavi, Director of UMW Middle East Studies suggests, then why are Afghan citizens in jail and facing the death penalty for changing their religion?
Why was a young Pakistani woman Asia Bibi wrongly arrested, put in jail, convicted of "blasphemy", and given a death sentence? Her story is here.
And even in countries where Islam is not the majority religion, Muslim women are often harrassed, and sometimes lose their life in "honor killings". For absurd reasons such as being "too western".
Please sign Petition-Thanks.
International Petition as Afghan Christians Face Execution:
"KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christian rights activists launched on Monday, February 7, an international petition urging Afghanistan to release detained converts to Christianity, amid fears they may be executed."
"Barnabas Fund, an advocacy group closely following the case, told BosNewsLife that among Christian prisoners in "immediate danger" are 45-year-old Said Musa, a father of six, and another Christian, identified as Shoaib Assadullah, 25. Both men could face execution on charges of apostasy, or abandoning Islam, a crime punished by death under Islamic law and upheld by Afghanistan's constitution."
"Musa was detained in Kabul in May after footage was nationally televised of Muslim converts to Christianity being baptized, BosNewsLife reported earlier. The broadcast triggered protests throughout the country and a national government crackdown against Christian converts, according to rights activists and Christians."
"Musa suggested in a handwritten letter carried out of his Kabul prison and published by BosNewsLife last year that so far lawyers refused to defend him. "Nobody [want to be my] defender before the court. When I said 'I am a Christian man', he [a potential lawyer] immediately spat on me and abused me and mocked me...I am alone between 400 [people with] terrible values in the jail, like a sheep," he wrote." [read it all here]
These Afghan citizens are not being held prisoner and facing possible execution by "extremists", but by the Afghan government itself.
Please sign this Petition to your Representative to urge the Afghan government for their release.-Thanks.