Interesting column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution written by Daud Azizi, a Muslim doctor living in Georgia. He points out that the Quran doesn’t demand the death of non-Christians:
As far as I know, the degree of intolerance displayed by the action of the Afghan authorities who arrested Abdul Rahman for changing his religion has no basis in the Quran.
Here are some verses from the Quran related to the subject at hand:
2:256: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.”
18:29: “Say, the Truth is from your Lord. Let him who will believe and let him who will reject [it].”
Critics often say that extremist Muslims must represent all Muslims since nobody ever denounces the extremists. Well, here’s a moderate Muslim who clearly doesn’t subscribe to the beliefs of the extremists in Afghanistan. Perhaps more like him should speak out.