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High-Profile Conversion Underscores the Perils of Apostasy in the West
by David J. Rusin • Mar 26, 2008 at 10:35 am
For centuries the Catholic Church has welcomed new members during celebrations of the Easter Vigil. Yet this year's mass at the Vatican offered worldwide audiences a twist:
In addition to the threats previously leveled against him for censuring Islamism, Allam has speculated that his conversion may inspire "another death sentence for apostasy." These fears are not unfounded, even in the heart of Christendom.
Most Westerners first learned of the persecution of apostates under Shari'a law from the saga of Abdul Rahman, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, only to face death before an Afghan court. Though international pressure ultimately won Rahman his freedom and safety, apostates in the West also face danger as Islamism makes inroads.
A recent report illuminates one woman's harrowing ordeal:
A study released by the Policy Exchange think tank in 2007 predicts that such cases will multiply, as 36% of British Muslims aged 16 to 24 now believe that someone who converts from Islam to another faith should be "punished by death."
For the sake of Magdi Allam, let us hope that Italian Islamists are more forgiving than their British brethren — and that he has a good lock on his door.