"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Afghan Christian May Escape Death Penalty

Abdul Rahman, a Christian man who is presently on trial for his life in Afghanistan for the crime of converting from Islam to another faith, may escape the death penalty. The national Afghan government has been embarrassed by the charges and its American allies are angry.

Although the Afghan constitution now proclaims religious liberty, Rahman has been charged under Sharia, which carries the force of law in the country. As a result, you can be "born" a Christian or a Jew and "freely" practice your religion in Afghanistan, but if you are Muslim it is a death penalty offense to convert to another faith. According to World Net Daily, "While Afghan prosecutors, amid political pressure, apparently are trying to find a face-saving way to drop their case against a convert from Islam by calling him 'mad,' sources close to Abdul Rahman say that despite suffering bouts of depression, he has a strong, genuine faith in Jesus Christ." Read the entire story here.


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