Campaign against Terrorism: Detainees - Freed Aid Workers Taught Christianity to Muslims
Donald, Angus, The Independent (London, England)
US AID workers held in captivity for more than three months in Kabul, admitted yesterday that they had been partially guilty of the "crimes" for which they had been arrested by the Taliban in August.
"Eighty per cent of the charges against us were false," said Dayna Curry, one of the eight imprisoned workers for Shelter Now International, at a press conference in Islamabad. "But I did make a copy of a book with stories about Jesus in English and Farsi and gave it to a friend who had asked for it.
"We also showed a film about Jesus to some people. In Islamic countries the issue of faith is a top priority. They shared their religious beliefs with us and also asked us about our own religion - that was our defence."
Teaching any religion except Islam was a crime punishable by death under the Taliban regime. Shelter Now is a German-based organisation but much of its funding comes from right-wing US Christian organisations and many believe one of its aims is the conversion of young Muslims worldwide. "Either they were extremely naive or they did have an agenda," said one Western diplomat in Islamabad.
After their arrest the Taliban showed …
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