It’s feared that an Afghan Christian covert who sought asylum in Switzerland may be killed if the Swiss government deports him.
Christian legal group ADF International has filed an expert brief with the European Court of Human Rights in support of the man known as A.A. (anonymised for security reasons).
ADF said if he is sent back to his home country he could face severe social and formal persecution, with punishments ranging from lengthy imprisonment to death.
“International law is very clear on the fact that no country should return a refugee to territories where his or her life could be in danger,” said Jennifer Lea, Legal Counsel with ADF International.
“Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert…”
I would question the sincerity of such converts, since some are suspected of doing so simply to increase their chances of being granted asylum. This case clearly illustrates the point. The article is not clear if he converted in Afghanistan or in Switzerland. I think there should be procedures to test the sincerity of such converts: Have them eat pork while sitting on a copy of the Qur’an. Have them publicly denounce Muhammad.
Whether they convert to Christianity, or simply discard the Islamic faith, if they do so sincerely, then I applaud them. It’s an important step in the right direction, and I don’t think it’s acceptable to send them back home to almost certain death.
On the other hand, Europe can be demographically destroyed by Christians, just as it can be destroyed by Muslims. It shouldn’t be Europe’s responsibility to take in all the Christians of the Muslim world. International law should be clear that this is not expected. Otherwise, every superficial, hedonistic, self-centered, materialistic person in the Muslim world would migrate to Europe and declare himself “Christian.”
In the long-term, what is needed is regions, within Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria etc. that are safe for non-Muslims – and there’s only one way to do this: By force of arms. At least until the local Muslims mature to the point where they can be trusted to respect those who do not share their beliefs. This could take a very long time, considering that such attitudes are in direct contradiction to Islamic teachings.
Perhaps an area, somewhere in Ethiopia for example (which is already mostly Christian), can be designated to house such people until their numbers grow. Then they can raise armies and reconquer some of their native lands from the Muslims.