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GWB on the Afghan Christian case

This is a start:

Afghanistan -- I went there with Laura. We had a good visit with President Karzai. I like him -- good man. You can imagine what it’s like to try to rebuild a country that had been occupied and then traumatized by the Taliban. They’re coming around. They got elections. They had assembly elections. He, himself, was elected. We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom. I’m troubled when I hear -- deeply troubled when I hear the fact that a person who has converted away from Islam may be held to account. That’s not the universal application of the values that I talked about. Look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship.

There’s still a Taliban element trying to come and hurt people. But the good news is, not only do we have great U.S. troops there, but NATO is now involved. One of my jobs is to continue to make sure that people understand the benefits of a free society emerging in a neighborhood that needs freedom. And so I’m pleased with the progress, but I fully understand there’s a lot more work to be done.

I ask again: has any prominent American Muslim said anything?

Update: I answer: CAIR has spoken, calling for Rahman’s immediate release and arguing that "[r]eligious decisions should be matters of personal choice, not a cause for state intervention. Faith imposed by force is not true belief, but coercion." Good for CAIR! Will others follow suit?

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I ask again, has any prominent muslim said anything?

Dream on...

All sarcasm aside, we have a soldier or two in Afghanistan, don’t we? The courts there will revert to this dark age behaviour when we leave, of course, but we do not have to permit it while we are there any more than the British permitted Sati to continue in the territories they controlled. Write your congressional representatives. If your representatives are impotent and ineffectual time servers who cry like little girls when they lose a vote, like, say, our Ohio Senate delegation, then write the White House or a senator you think is likely to pay attention. For the time being, we can stop this.

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