Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Afghanistan: more Christians arrested

During the last few days, two other Afghan Christians were arrested elsewhere in the country.
Because of the sensitive situation, local sources requested that the location of the jailed converts be withheld.

This past weekend, one young Afghan convert to Christianity was beaten severely outside his home by a group of six men, who finally knocked him unconscious with a hard blow to his temple. He woke up in the hospital two hours later but was discharged before morning.

“Our brother remains steadfast, despite the ostracism and beatings,” one of his friends said.

Several other Afghan Christians have been subjected to police raids on their homes and places of work in the past month, as well as to telephone threats.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman is still in jail awaiting the outcome of the trial.

News of his case did not break until March 16, when Ariana TV announced it. According to the TV newscaster, Rahman was asked in court, “Do you confess that you have apostacized from Islam?” The defendant answered, “No, I am not an apostate. I believe in God.”

He was then questioned, “Do you believe in the Quran?” Rahman responded, “I believe in the New Testament, and I love Jesus Christ.”

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6 Comments:

Blogger Gary Wood said...

Oh what great faith!! Rahman is so bold. The persecuted church is so much stronger in the Lord than we are in the United States. They are such an inspiration. I will pray for Rahman.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

I did not hear about the other Christians that have been arrested in Afghanistan. I did hear about Denmark's wonderful response. They are willing to 'go to war' to free Abdul Rahman. Their statements have been so strong. Also Germany and Italy threatening to pull their troops from Afghanistan if Rahman is executed.

I do not believe he will be kept or injured now, they will release him saying he is "mentally ill". But what about the next one, two or thousands of Christians that some along? Afghanistan cannot use the "mentally ill" excuse to let them all go. Something needs to be done.

I understand that behind the scenes, Condi Rice and other diplomats from the US are really getting tough (I hope, but doubt) with Afghanistani leaders.

Your name is 'Doc', are you a physician, Enzo?

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Sorry, Blogger registered me rather than Typepad.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

12:04 AM  
Blogger The Doc said...

Gary, you're right. We are all praying for Abdul and our prayers, together with the diplomatic efforts of our political leaders, will be answered.
Dear Debbie, Denmark is at present the only reliable democracy in old Europe and the Danes are a great example to all of us in this continent.
The answer to your last question is "yes".

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Thank you, Doc. My husband is also a physician. I knew we had a lot in common.

2:07 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Shari'ah law allows for no other faiths. If that isn't totalitarianism, what is?

2:13 AM  

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