Reports of Afghan refugees in India converting to Christianity in large numbers has prompted several members of the Afghan Parliament to call for the execution of all Afghan Christian converts for “crimes against Islam.” The crime of apostasy, converting to a religion other that Islam, continues to be a hot button issue in Afghanistan as the country prepares for the US military drawdown. Reports of the underground church in Afghanistan growing have also prompted government and non-government leaders to rally support to persecute and head off the growth of what they call “a foreign religion.” Please pray for the safety of Christians in Afghanistan as they face this tough time.
9/9/2013 Afghanistan (Christian Today) – Quds Online news website, affiliated with Astan Quds Razavi Foundation, reported that an Afghan news service, Ava, is saying the number of Christians is increasing in Afghanistan.
According to Mohabat News Service, Ava quoted Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, Afghan Parliament Member, as saying, “Afghani citizens continue to convert to Christianity in India. Numerous Afghans have become Christians in India. This is an offense to Islamic Laws and according to the Quran they need to be executed.”
Earlier, another Member of Afghanistan’s Parliament had acknowledged that an Afghan church had been built in India. He said, “A church has been built in India called Afghani’s Church. Any Afghani citizen who travels to India would be officially invited to the church.”
However, Mohabat News said, some other Afghan MPs, however, blame the US for the increasing number of Christian conversions.
Abdul Latif Pedram, who represents Badakhshan province in the Afghan Parliament, stated, “The presence of the U.S. in Afghanistan results in the conversion of Afghans to Christianity. The United States’ long term plan is to attack Afghani culture. Converting Afghan citizens serves that purpose.”
Mohabat News said he also claimed, “If you want to stop people from converting to Christianity, and are afraid that more people will convert, then why did you sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US?”
Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Speaker of the Parliament, has a long record of anti-Christian activities. Condemning all evangelical activities in Afghanistan, Mohabat News said he ordered the National Security Committee in parliament to follow up on the issue through “authoritative organisations.”
Of course, Mohabat News commented, such harsh statements against Christianity are made while a number of members of the Parliament of Afghanistan have converted to Christianity, despite all the risks involved.