Friday, March 24, 2006

With Moderates Like these...

who needs the Taliban?

"Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die," said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hard-line regime was ousted in 2001.

(Full article.)

Is this what our soldiers fought and died for? The article quotes Condaleeza Rice:

"There is no more fundamental issue for the United States than freedom of religion and religious conscience," she said. "This country was founded on that basis, and it is at the heart of democracy."

Someone needs to explain to the Bush administration that the US is not a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. It is the imposition of the will of the majority on the rest of the country. If the majority believes that converting to Christianity should be punishable by death, then under a democracy, they have the power to enforce that. The US is a constitutional republic that guarantees protection for individual rights. That is why we have freedom of conscience. If Afghanistan does not respect that fundamental right, then they are our enemy, not our ally.

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