Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Afghan Student Sentenced to Death Printing Paper That 'Humiliated Islam'

What cowards Muslims are, not just the ones pressing for this young man's execution, but the students who complained, and our so-called "moderate" Muslims in the West who are doing nothing to stop this travesty of justice.

Is Islam so weak and fragile that a printed piece of paper from the internet can humiliate it? Are Muslims so delicate that someone else reading this same piece of paper causes enough grief and hurt feelings that an innocent life must be extinguished?

These are the people we are giving lives to save and billions of dollars to help. This is the religion of peace. This is Islam.

An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.

The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam, said Fazel Wahab, the chief judge in the northern province of Balkh, where the trial took place. Wahab did not preside over the trial.

Kambaksh's family and the head of a journalists group denounced the verdict and said Kambaksh was not represented by a lawyer at trial. Members of a clerics council had been pushing for Kambaksh to be punished.

The case now goes to the first of two appeals courts, Wahab said. Kambaksh, who has been jailed since October, will remain in custody during appeal.

Wahab said he did not immediately have the details of the paper that Kambaksh circulated, other than that it was against Islam. Kambaksh discussed the paper with his teacher and classmates at Balkh University and several students complained to the government, Wahab said.


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