(from Voice of the Martyrs) On May 24, 2010, Said Musa was arrested by government authorities in Afghanistan after a television broadcast showed Afghan Christian baptisms and worship, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.
Musa has openly professed his faith, and he was interrogated about his conversion to Christianity on national television in June. Under the strict Islamic laws in Afghanistan, turning from Islam is a capital offense. Said faces apostasy charges, punishable by death.
Musa’s wife has visited him in prison. “Musa told his wife that he has been under serious pressure to disclose details about people and NGOs,” VOM contacts said. “During the third week of August he was moved to another prison and interrogated and beaten again.” Prior to his arrest, Said was employed by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Society for 16 years.
(from AFA) Said Musa is a former Muslim who converted to Christ about eight years ago. He has been sentenced to die by the Afghan government for the Islamic crime of apostasy.
A spokesman for the so-called Ministry of Justice said, "The sentence for a convert is death and there is no exception."
This is one of the truly terrible things about Islam: it has no respect for freedom of religion and conscience, precious values for us in the West.
As Congressman Trent Franks and Doug Lamborn wrote last fall, this is a "government that allows the same restrictions on basic human rights that existed under the Taliban."
The United States, a Christian nation, has spent enormous treasure and spilled much American blood to provide stability for the people of Afghanistan. It is not too much to expect our government to insist that the Afghan ghttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifovernment spare this man's life and grant him and his family asylum in the United States.
Musa is the father of six children, one of whom is disabled, and is himself an amputee, having lost a leg to a landmine while serving in the Afghan army. He had been working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent as an adviser to other amputees.
While in prison, he has been subjected to mocking, beatings, and sexual abuse because of his faith.
Send an email to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Speaker of the House John Boehner and urge them to pressure the Afghani government to grant Said Musa asylum in the U.S.