Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Decriminalize Blasphemy

The Center for Inquiry invites you to add your name to a petitition in support of free speech in Afghanistan.

The Center for Inquiry urges the Afghan government to release Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh, a 23-year-old journalism student at Balkh University and reporter for the local daily Jahan-e-Naw (The New World), sentenced to death for insulting Islam.

Mr. Kambakhsh was arrested on October 27, 2007, in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province, for allegedly downloading and distributing material from a Farsi website which suggested that the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad legitimize the oppression of women.
It is an outrage that anyone should be killed for holding and expressing controversial religious opinions. Here's that link again.


Anonymous said...

I thought we brought democracy to Afghanistan? I'd be unhappy if they just sent him to prison for a few years but wouldn't consider it completely hopeless, but if they're actually sentencing people to death for things like this there's no hope for Afghanistan. We removed the Taliban from power and Al Qaeda is no longer a coherent organization. What are we doing there defending their government if it's not going to behave like a democracy? We are in a position to pressure them and we should use it. Our government should tell Afghanistan's government that if things like this don't change we are going to pull out and let them fend for themselves.

Dale said...

Anon, I agree Afghanistan seems pretty far from "liberated." I have serious doubts whether a continuing occupation by US forces holds any promise to make it better.