The Taliban needs to be stopped, simple and plain, and the greater Islamic world needs to condemn these type of actions and the people who carry them out, my prayers for the family and friends of Gayle Williams. Here is what the Taliban says (Excerpts from this NY Post Article):
"This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan," militant spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press. "Our (leaders) issued a decree to kill this woman."
The woman was with an aid group called SERVE - Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises, her name was Gayle Williams.
"She was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled," SERVE said on its Web site. The group describes itself as a Christian charity registered in Britain. The Web site says it has been working with Afghan refugees since 1980 in Pakistan. "SERVE Afghanistan's purpose is to express God's love and bring hope by serving the people of Afghanistan, especially the needy, as we seek to address personal, social and environmental needs," the site says.
Now get this, on top of this, here is the LAW in Afghanistan (Taliban or US supported Afghanistan):
"Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic nation. Proselytizing is prohibited by law, and other Christian missionaries or charities have faced severe hostility. A member of Afghanistan's highest religious council said Monday that rumors have spread around Afghanistan over the last two years that Westerners have been preaching Christianity to Afghans. "We have heard rumors that houses have been rented to preach Christianity in Kabul and some provinces, but we have no evidence that this is taking place," said council member Jebra Ali.
The council previously made a formal complaint to President Hamid Karzai that Westerners were trying to spread Christianity in Afghanistan. Last year a group of 23 South Korean aid workers from a church group were taken hostage in southern Afghanistan. Two were killed and the rest were released."
Man, this is utterly insane. So we're sending our tax money for people in Afghanistan to be subjected to not just no freedom of religion but no freedom of speech as well? What type of religion will not allow the expression of other ideas and allow people to make their own choice? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, whatever a person chooses? We say we are spreading democracy in Afghanistan, but are we really? I'm just saying.