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Afghanistan's New Constitution Hinders Freedom of Religion

 

The US invaded Afghanistan had basically three objectives... The first object was to remove the Taliban from power. The second objective was to remove elements of terrorists cells which flourished in that country for a long time who helped motivate and then plot various attacks upon US citizens like the 9/11 attack...The third and final motive was to create a democratic government...

 

In the new document drafted in 2003, it declares Afghanistan as a "Islamic Republic", and "Islam" as the official state religion.  While it's true people in other religions are still able to practice, but as the new constitution points out; "Followers of other religions are free to perform their religious ceremonies within the limits of the provisions of law."  All laws in general passed in Afghanistan must be in agreement with Islam according to the new constitution. Political parties who run for office or governing the country must be in line with this provision; "program and charter of the party are not contrary to the principles of [the] sacred religion of Islam."  Judges who run the court system in Afghanistan must have formal teaching either in secular law, or Islamic law.  So if a judge has no training in secular but does in Islamic law, he is still qualified to run the court system in that country.  Before the Taliban was removed from power, there was no religious freedom whatsoever, and many of that particular view still exists in the country. 

 

Islam is not only religious in nature but political as well, similar to Catholicism. The new Constitution in Afghanistan being govern by Islam which may surprise some, and should draw concern from Christians who live in Afghanistan as well as other Christians who live elsewhere around the world. The mixture of a church/state religion has always limited the rights of religious expression in that society, and no doubt it was affect the way Christians can preach the Gospel in Afghanistan.  Witnessing will be most likely outlawed as Islam hinders the promotion of other religions in countries where it has major influence. 

 

"Let there be no compulsion in religion” Sura 2:256

 

The Quran has evolved to the copy of what it is today.  The above quote certainly doesn't mean the same thing as it once did, as newer verses have superceded it's importance.  And for whatever verse we abrogate and cast into oblivion; We bring a better or the like of it; knowest thou not that God is powerful over everything" Sura 2:106

 

So what may appear to be a free country as far as religious freedom is now, may all Christians around the world pray for the government of Afghanistan and for any church that might be there serving the Lord.

 

 

 

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