Definitely go to the Afghan Times to watch the video of this courageous man proclaim, in the face of death, that he is not an apostate, but a follower of the Gospel, and of Jesus Christ.
Would that any of us would have this kind of courage.
The latest seems to be that President Karzai has promised the Canadian Prime Minister that Christians will not be persecuted in Afghanistan. Here's the kicker though:
"We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him," the trial judge told the BBC on Monday.Recant or die!
[Oh, and read the interesting comments at the Open Book thread. A commentor there -- rightly I think -- points out that while in the past, Catholic tradition would not call for the outright murder of an apostate, there'd be a lot that would affront modern sensibilities. Her point is that Catholic traditionalists -- Lefevbrists and their ilk -- still cling to these notions, and condemn the Declaration on Religious Liberty of Vatican II. I, for one, am so darn glad for the Council itself! (If not for the aftermath, necessarily :-) On the issue of the development of doctrine with respect to religious freedom, there's an interesting article by Cardinal Dulles over at Pontifications. For the a cogent, traditionalist (i.e. conservative, not schismatic!) analysis of the whole concept of development, see this series of essays, also at Pontifications. Which, I admit, is definitely on my "to read at some point" list.]