Afghan authorities have detained over 20 of the nation’s Christians after Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a deputy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s National Assembly, called for the execution of converts to Christianity. Khawasi’s comments followed the broadcast of adult baptisms on Afghan television.
Its well known that Islam forbids conversion to other religions. Evangelical aid organizations operating in Islamic countries walk a tightrope between legal helping, and illegal spreading of the Gospel.
In this latest incident, a television channel, perhaps with the intent of stirring up anti-foreign sentiment, broadcast the baptism of several Afghans. This prompted two legislators to fulminate against the conversions.
The little-known Afghan channel Noorin TV showed footage of men it said were reciting Christian prayers in Farsi and being baptised.
The television station said the men were Afghans who had converted to Christianity thanks to the proselytising efforts of the two groups.
In parliament, Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a deputy of the lower house, called for Muslim converts to Christianity to be executed.
"Those Afghans that appeared in this video film should be executed in public, the house should order the attorney general and the NDS (intelligence agency) to arrest these Afghans and execute them."
Qazi Nazir Ahmad, a lawmaker from the western province of Herat, said killing a converted Muslim was "not a crime."
Whether the detentions of the 20 Christians, and the suspension of the two aid organizations, is political theater or something deeper remains to be seen. The statements by the legislators were made approximately four weeks ago, so some time has elapsed.
It would seem that this is the true face of the religion of peace then.