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Saturday, October 29, 2011

‘Nothing Will Be Contradictory to Sharia Law’

Afghan Ambassador on Freedom for Christians: ‘Nothing Will Be Contradictory to Sharia Law’

(CNSNews.com) – When asked by CNSNews.com whether Afghanistan should repeal its laws that make it a crime for a Muslim to convert to Christianity, Afghan Ambassador to the United States Eklil Hakimi did not answer directly but said that while his country's constitution provides for “freedom of religion” it also says that "nothing will be contradictory to Sharia law."

The State Department report on religious freedom in Afghanistan released last month said: "Conversion from Islam is considered apostasy and is punishable by death under some interpretations of Islamic law in the country."

The U.S. military has remained in Afghanistan for more than 10 years after overthrowing the Islamist Taliban regime there in 2001. That regime had provided sanctuary to al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in the years prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States.

Ambassador Hakimi spoke Thursday at Johns Hopkins University's Washington, D.C. campus at a forum entitled “Rebuild Afghanistan Summit 2011.”

CNSNews.com asked Hakimi: “Regarding religious freedom, according to the State Department, at least two individuals had been detained in Afghanistan for converting from Islam to Christianity. Should Afghanistan repeal all laws that make it illegal to convert?”

Hakimi said: “Well, according to our Constitution, there is a freedom of religion. Meanwhile, it says that nothing will be contradictory to the Sharia law. So, while we step into those principles, we have to be careful because we are in a very conservative society, a society that they live based on their faith. So, those cases that you have mentioned, our government, based on these principles, they have handled those cases in a very timely manner and also in a way that should not deter from those principles.”

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