KABUL, (AP) — Despite significant improvements since the hard-line ruled Afghanistan, remains poor, especially for minorities, and Afghans still can't debate religion or question prevailing Islamic orthodoxies without fear of being punished, a U.S. commission said in a new report on Tuesday.The fear of punishment is called Islamic law, aka Sharia. It is evident that this U.S. hasn't been brilliantly briefed on the issue, although Sharia is mentioned, but thats it. No law can under Islamic law be contrary to Islam. It is a bit like using a certain spreadsheet and always ending up with a "circular reference ".
There are numerous reports, findings, research, commissions, panels, you namec it. But they just issue statements, there is never any subsequent action undertaken. The ordinary people at the bottom of the Islamic "food" chain are always the non-believers. They can never have religious freedoms in an Islamic society.
The environment for exercising religious freedom remains "exceedingly poor" for dissenting members of Afghanistan's Sunni Muslim majority and for minorities, such as Shiite Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in its report.
"Individuals who dissent from the prevailing orthodoxy regarding Islamic beliefs and practices are subject to legal actions that violate international standards," according to the commission, which was created in 1998 to review violations of religious freedom internationally and make policy recommendations to the U.S. government.
"The Taliban and other non-state actors continue to target individuals for activity deemed 'un-Islamic,' and the Afghanistan constitution fails explicitly to protect the individual right to freedom of religion or belief."