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"ROME — An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity received asylum in Italy on Wednesday.
Abdur Rahman, 41, arrived in Rome days after he was freed from a prison on the outskirts of Kabul after a court dropped charges of apostasy against him for lack of evidence and suspected mental illness...."
I hope that remaining Christians in Afghanistan and other Islamic countries won't become victims of a backlash resulting from this.
From what I have been reading, there is nothing in the Koran that calls for death for those who become Christians, yet that seems to be the prevailing view in many Islamic states. It makes me thankful that we live in a country where there are protections:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
--The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 1
Still, this is great news, and a victory over persecution for one man, at least.
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