This is a breaking story update on the fate of Said Musa. I had reported on this earlier HERE… he was the Red Cross worker set to be hanged in Afghanistan for “apostasy” for his conversion to Christianity. The horrors that he endured are unimaginable, as there are reports of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the people holding him. Bear in mind, he was a Red Cross worker there to assist people with physical disabilities… he, himself being disabled, has only one leg. This story proves the power of diplomatic pressure combined with the will of the world to prevent atrocities against humanity can make the world a better and safer place. It MUST be reiterated that his ONLY crime was that he was a convert to Christianity in a Muslim nation and that is punishable by death no matter what good he brought to the country or the world. It is time that we take this story and use it to better understand what the hardened teachings of the Qur’an really mean. Let this man’s near death be an example of how we need to stand against a religious doctrine that advocates death for failure to submit. This from Fox News…
Aid Worker Arrested for Being Christian Is Released From Afghanistan Prison
“An Afghan Red Cross worker who was arrested last spring for converting to Christianity has been released from an Afghanistan prison.
The worker, Said Musa, 46, was released from prison last week “after aggressive international diplomacy engaged Afghanistan’s government,” International Christian Concern, an organization that worked directly with his case, said in a written statement Thursday.
Musa, who left Islam roughly eight years ago, was arrested in May after an Afghan TV report showed locals being baptized and called for the government to crack down on apostasy.
The father of six who lost a leg to a land mine and was working to help amputees reportedly was abused in prison and threatened with death if he did not renounce his faith.
According to ICC, Musa wrote in a Feb. 13 letter that U.S. and Italian Embassies offered him asylum but that Afghan officials subsequently told him that he would only be released if he wrote a statement declaring that he regretted his conversion to Christianity.
“I refused their demands,” he wrote.
Even so, on Feb. 21 an official from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul told the organization Musa was released and safely out of the country.
“We cannot be more thrilled about Said Musa’s release. It has been encouraging to see the international community, including churches, reporters and government officials in Europe and North America, work together for the common goal of freeing Said,” Aidan Clay, ICC’s regional manager for the Middle East, said in the statement. “Many sleepless nights, prayers and tears have paid off.”
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, which advises the federal government on international violations of religious freedom, said Musa’s release is a good start in addressing a bigger problem.
“While the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes Said Musa’s release, the fact that he was in jail demonstrates the serious deficiencies in the Afghan legal system,” USCIRF chair Leonard Leo told FoxNews.com. “The U.S. government and international community need to seriously engage the Karzai government about protecting the religious freedoms of all Afghanis.”