While America continues its nearly 10-year-long war against terrorists in Afghanistan and continues to invest aid and resources there, the State Department’s 2010 International Religious Freedom Report rates Afghanistan’s performance as poor in terms of religious freedom, with the situation deteriorating for Christians.
The report begins by stating that Islam is the “religion of the state” and that “no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam.”
It further says, “Respect for religious freedom deteriorated during the reporting period, particularly for Christian groups and individuals. … There were cases of harassment, occasional violence, and inflammatory public statements … against religious minorities, particularly Christians, and Muslims who were perceived as not respecting Islamic strictures.”
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