Abdul Rahman Rally--Standing for Religious Freedom In AfghanistanUpdate 2: (Newer updates on top) CitizenLink writes that "Western and Middle Eastern news agencies reported today that an Afghani Christian on trial for converting from Islam will apparently be released in the coming days." They had a feature story in today's email. Also, Michelle Malkin has more on this development.
I liked the quote on CitizenLink by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
"It is clear that the Muslims are settling in all countries, including the United States, and they are expecting religious freedom where they are," he said. "But in many places where Muslims are in charge--especially in charge of the government--they are not granting those same freedoms.He is right. This is not just about Abdul Rahman. This is about human rights for the Muslim world--rights they sure enjoy here in the United States.
Cam Edwards had some great observations regarding the Afgani constitution.
In looking over Afghanistan's constitution, I noticed a few things.
1- No right to keep and bear arms (yes, I look for these things)
2- Article 7 states "The state shall abide by the UN charter, international treaties, international conventions that Afghanistan has signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
3- Article 58 establishes an Independent Human Rights Commission.
Now, if you're abiding by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then Abdul Rahman should be freed immediately, because that document states "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." (Article 18)
Update: Welcome to Hugh Hewitt (Thanks MK!) and La Shawn Barber readers.
Cam Edwards has more pictures, as well as Jeff Harrell and Tom Bridge. I got to meet Michelle Malkin for the first time, and chatted for a bit with Charmaine Yoest (who I met at the State of the Union Part at FRC some months ago). I'm liking living in D.C. simply because I enjoy seeing and experiencing the events--and writing about it from a first person account-- instead of just reading about it in the papers. I find it fun to be part of an Army of Davids.
I just got back in from the Abdul Rahman event at the Afghanistan embassy. There was a nice group of people there. I counted about 50.
Reuters was there fishing for anti-Bush sentiments. It was patheticly obvious. How do these reporters do it?
So, the reporter kept asking question after question, trying to tilt the story to paint it as a defection on the right against Bush. We'll see what clips they use--I'm sure you will get something taken completely out of context.
I had my digital camera with me and got his picture here on the left. Someone said that NBC was there, as well as a couple other networks. I saw at least 4 cameras, though I was only able to identify Reuters.
Mary Katharine will be posting some quotes and has more of my pictures. Check it out.
There was someone with a awesome sign that said, "Even the ACLU doesn't hate Christians this much." I don't know who he was, but his web site is www.thepeoplescube.com, which I recognize as that blog that got blocked by Google China web site.
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