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February 23, 2011

Update on Said Musa: Conversion Is Not a Crime

Yesterday Bob Smietana reported in The Tennesseanabout the plight of Said Musa, a former aid worker in Afghanistan who has been put in prison for converting from Islam to Christianity. A Twitter campaign over the last few months has grown to more 10,000 tweets, with leaders from John Piper to Rick Warren advocating for the release of Musa. Click here to see the tweets.

I spoke with Bob as he was writing this piece and I told him, "We have to get to the place where the world speaks out and says it's unacceptable to kill a man for changing his religion." Simply put, conversion is not a crime.

According to the article, it appears that American officials have intervened, and that Musa has been moved to a new jail and is not under immediate threat of execution. But his safety is still not guaranteed. And, the fact that his story made the front page of The Tennessean yesterday helps-- it reminds the U.S. backed Afghan government that people are watching.

This situation should open our eyes to the reality of persecution around the world. Although Said Musa's story has gained traction through social media, there are countless others who stand in the same position. As we watch a climate of growing unrest on the other side of the world, we will do well to remember that there are brothers and sister ready to die for their faith. In turn, we should not be silent. Conversion is not a crime.

You can read the article here and learn more background to the story in this article by Paul Marshall in National Review.

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