Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sentenced to death reported Sentenced to death. Afghan who dared to read about women's rights. A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet.
The Left that refuses to see the risk posed by radical Islam should take note. Downlodig and reading a report about women's rights can get you killed. Just think what actually trying to do something about women's rights would get you.
The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's ally Hamid Karzai. The fate of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh has led to domestic and international protests, and deepening concern about erosion of civil liberties in Afghanistan. He was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohamed. Mr Kambaksh, 23, distributed the tract to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University with the aim, he said, of provoking a debate on the matter.
But Islam cannot stand debate. It must be a very weak religion to not be able to stand debate.
But a complaint was made against him and he was arrested, tried by religious judges without – say his friends and family – being allowed legal representation and sentenced to death.

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