The move eased pressure from the West but raised the dilemma of protecting Abdul Rahman after his release as Islamic clerics have called for him to be killed. Read more.
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Here's what people in the news are saying:
"There will be big protests across Afghanistan. This has shamed Afghanistan in the eyes of other Muslim countries." — Faiez Mohammed, a Sunni Muslim leader in the northern city of Kunduz
"The Koran is very clear and the words of our prophet are very clear. There can only be one outcome: death. If Karzai releases him, it will play into the hands of our enemy and there could be an uprising"— Cleric Khoja Ahmad Sediqi, a member of the Afghan Supreme Court
Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"If Rahman wants to leave his intolerant country, then he is more than welcome here. Our church prays for him and his safety. He has been a true inspiration." — Kyle (Shelby, NC)
"I am pleased he was released, but fearful for his safety." — Cheri (New York, NY)
"I hate to see a man die because of his religious beliefs but this is what Islam demands." — Damon (Slidell, LA)
"Praise God that he has been released. It shouldn't have happened to begin with. Why did we liberate the Afghans and a great cost to us, only to have them devise a Constitution that reflects the dark ages?" — Larry (Atlanta, GA)
"This is a terrible situation and I feel horrible for this man. But, we should not be so involved since Afghanistan is a sovereign nation. This is one of the reasons we invaded, right?" — Adele (Richmond, VA)
"That is the law of the land, I don’t like it, but we shouldn’t metal with Islamic law. They are mad enough at us now, we don’t need to feed the fire!" — David
"I find it funny that most Americans could have cared less how Islamic law was enforced over the years, but now people are in an uproar. Many Americans who considered themselves Christians never spoke out about the treatment of not just Christians but of any human being who was being treated unfairly there." — Patty (Atlanta, GA)
"If the government we are protecting allows religious intolerance of this magnitude, it would mark the end of overall support of our presence in this country by mainstream conservative Christians. It would be an absolute direct contradiction of why we're there." — Al (Kingsland, GA)
"American soldiers died liberating Afghanistan from the oppressive Taliban regime. Why our government didn’t take more drastic steps to insure that their new constitution did not include language that allows for Islamic law to dominate all aspects of life in the country is beyond me." — Andrea
"The only practical outcome that the U.S. can accept is deportation. While diplomacy is the proper tact to pursue for now, we also must make it clear that we not only disagree with this practice, but that those who continue it are on the 'against us' side of the equation, and therefore, the enemy." — Jim (Florida)
"It just shows you how poorly Bush's foreign policy has faired. We have truly left Afghanistan behind. We have done nothing about Usama bin Laden. We let the poppy fields continue to flourish (i.e. heroin). How did we bring democracy to Afghanistan again? It's a theocracy that spreads hate. Way to go Mr. President." — Jim (Louisville, KY)