As word of the trial of Abdul Rahman for converting from Islam to Christianity circles the blogosphere (inclding the Shotgun and SDA), a lot of people are, once again, beginning to wonder about Islam.
Those who are frequent visitors to this blog know what's coming.
For years now, I have tried to bring more attention to the oppressed people of Communist-occupied East Turkestan, who have suffered nearly six decades of persecution while Osama bin Laden, the Iranian mullahcracy, the Assad family, etc., ignore them.
Now, via their Government in exile, the East Turkestani people have become the first predominantly Muslim nation to come to the defense of Afghan Christians.
The link to the following press release is here:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006
The people of East Turkistan have suffered open-air nuclear tests, razed mosques, the killing of political prisoners, and mass cultural extermination. As part of this attempt to wipe out East Turkistani culture, its religions have been bastardized by the Chinese Communist Party. Churches and mosques have been attacked, and believers of Christianity and Islam have been persecuted.
This is why we must ask Afghanistan to end its persecution of Christians, especially, Mr. Abdul Rahman.
Under the Constitution of East Turkistan, Christians have a right to practice their faith unfettered by government interference. Had Mr. Rahman converted to Christianity in an independent East Turkistan, he would not be suffering the burden of a trial and possible execution, for he truly committed no crime.
The East Turkistan Government in exile hereby asks Afghanistan to end its persecution of Mr. Rahman and re-examine its commitment to "Islamic law." As a fellow Central Asia nation where the majority follows Islam, we wish to remind our Afghan friends that true religious faith comes from personal enlightenment, not fearful submission to earthly governments. A government that claims to speak for God is usually arrogant enough to ignore God. The East Turkistan Government in exile is too humble for that.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile seeks to tell the world about East Turkistan and to raise the cause of freedom and independence by, among other things, providing information to U.S. government officials and policy-makers, developing contacts with the press, fostering alliances with like-minded groups and individuals, and sharing the culture of East Turkistanis with all who may enjoy it.
For more information:
Mr. Turani, East Turkistan Government in Exile: (571) 344-3886
Cross-posted to the Shotgun