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Religious Converts

David Mazower | 14:15 UK time, Friday, 24 March 2006

The programme team's been talking all week about the case of the Afghan man facing execution for converting to Christianity. It's clearly a great talking-point: your comments to the BBC website have thrown up some interesting angles, and it's now become a deeply embarrassing issue for the Afghan government and its friends abroad.

There must be plenty of high-level diplomacy going on behind the scenes over the case of the 41-year-old man, Abdul Rahman. He's been a Christian for 16 years, and has only just returned to Afghanistan from Germany. Now, his own family has turned him in to the authorities.

We want to hear your views and personal experiences on the subject. If you have converted to another religion, or have someone in the family who has gone through a conversion, we'd like to hear from you. Do you think religions should actively go out looking for converts? Is it right to expect someone who marries into your faith to convert? What's the appropriate response from organised religion as well as from friends and family to someone who has left their faith? And, of course, what do you think of this particular case?

Fiona also came up with the idea of asking 'Would you renounce your faith to save your life?'. It's a good question which crystallizes some of the intensity of feeling on this issue. Is there any religion which isn't sensitive to the perceived slight of someone leaving the faith? Buddhism maybe? I don't know, but I'm sure you will.

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