Of course, even if Rahman gets off the legal hook, that doesn’t mean there won’t be fatwas galore coming down from righteously outraged clerics anxious to rid the country, not to mention this terrestrial sphere, of the offensive apostate. And so far, none of his fellow countrymen have been cutting Rahman a whole lot of slack.
For instance, Afghanistan's attorney general had said Rahman should be hanged and jail employee Hosnia Wafayosofi told the Chicago Tribune that "we will cut him into little pieces." Senior Muslim clerics also threw in their two cents worth and declared that Rahman should be killed regardless of whether a court decides to free him.
Wow! So much for hearts and minds. And there’s plenty more where that came from as indicated by this further sampling of remarks from various clerics:
“Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die.” (This was from Abdul Raoulf, by the way, who was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before it was ousted and is considered a “moderate.”)
“Cut off his head! We will call on the people to pull him into pieces so there’s nothing left.”
“The government is scared of the international community. But the people will kill him if he is freed.”
“If he is allowed to live in the West, then others will claim to be Christian so they can too. We must set an example . . . He must be hanged.”
“We are a small country and we welcome the help the outside world is giving us. But please don’t interfere in this issue. We are Muslims and these are our beliefs. This is much more important to us than all the aid the world has given us.”
Talk about misplaced priorities. The list of unabashedly medieval quotes could go on all day, but take another look at that last quote. “We are Muslims and these are our beliefs.”
In other words, being Muslim is an excuse to believe any harebrained claptrap one likes. And this particular harebrained claptrap is the idea that anyone who converts from Islam to another religion deserves to be killed. But that’s what Muslims believe, so the West just has to deal with it, right?