It feels rather uncanny to be criticizing President Bush again. He has many truly remarkable characteristics and is enduring so many unjust criticisms. However, his glaring deficiency of a proper theological understanding regarding Islam is jeopardizing America’s successes overseas and will continue to do so.
The most recent example is in Afghanistan. Abdul Rahman, a 41 year old man, was arrested over the weekend and is being tried for converting to Christianity.
Perhaps our administration is quietly working behind the scenes to change this situation. But such a flagrant human rights violation deserves a harsh, public reprimand. When we remember Afghanistan liberation was bought by American taxpayers and American blood, we cannot be silent in the face of such blatant disregard for American values (in this case, freedom of religion).
But this is just the point. We are trying to import American values into Afghanistan and Iraq without the proper foundation from which those values spring—Christianity. Our President (I think he is a Christian) seems to equate the religions. Yet, from Islam springeth no good thing (or at least no good government).
I am no prophet, nor son of a prophet, but I doubt we’ll see democracy thrive in these countries. The Afghan situation offers but one example of many to come of Islam’s inherent acrimony of human liberty.