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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Letter to the Afgahn Embassy

Here is my letter to the U.S. Afghanistan embassy in defense of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh. Please write (here: as well and if you can, write your MP and even to the Prime Minister (not that he'll care, but it's worth the minimal effort of a short note).

Can someone tell me what the fuck we're doing over there if this is the sort of shit that's going on?
To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter to express concern for the handling of the Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh case in Afghanistan. It is my understanding that he has been sentenced to death for the "crime" of blasphemy after downloading and circulating an internet report regarding Islam's treatment of women and how fundamentalist Muslims have used the Koran to justify their misogyny.

My initial reaction is to wonder why Canada remains in Afghanistan since it seems as though the Taliban were never really taken out of power. In a democratic society, or at least one that pretends to be democratic, opposing viewpoints are to be addressed and discussed - not squashed out of fear and want of control.

Blasphemy makes no sense as a "crime"; it is an admission of the prosecution that their supposedly all-powerful deity cannot handle being offended and must pass the task of punishment on to his/her/its followers. It is proof positive that religious acolytes need to see and administer punishment for their own enjoyment because they are unable to leave it to their God. Is Islam really so weak and vulnerable that mere discussion could bring about its demise? Are people who simply talk about and stimulate debate so dangerous to the "all-powerful" Allah that they must be executed by his faith-blinded followers?

After being convicted by a religious court, it is the demand of this writer that President Hamid Karzai pardon Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, clear his name, and eliminate any type of similar prosecution in the future. It is obvious that Canada should not be present to protect the demands of religious fanatics to murder fellow citizens with different opinions.

Concerned For Your Future,

Michael McCarron
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
(tip to Larry Moran at Sandwalk and Ron at The Frame Problem)

1 Barbaric Yawps:

At 1/2/08 3:42 pm, Blogger salomedesade said...

Wasn't the Western occupation supposed to "liberate" backwards Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan? It looks like nothing's changed. Someone is being sentenced to death because reading about women's rights is considered "blasphemous." It's against Allah's wishes to grant equal rights to all people? If I didn't hate the radical Muslims before, I'd hate them now.
But at least someone is telling them how absurd it all is, even if they likely won't listen. Thanks for letting your readers know about this travesty.


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