UnNews:American convert could face death
25 March 2006
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Los Angeles, California - The American government faced heavy international pressure Saturday to reconsider the charges against an American man for converting from Christianity to Islam. Accused of Apostasy, Michael Jackson appeared in the courtroom in full Islamic regalia holding a Holy Quran. After meeting with Iranian and Syrian government officials, concerned about the apparent disregard for religious freedom, some emerged citing hints that Michael Jackson may be released.
But others, including Pat Robertson stated "We have a constitution here in America, and we won't cave in to foreign pressure." But others suspect that the American government is searching for a way to drop the case. On Wednesday, authorities said Jackson is suspected of being mentally ill and would undergo psychological examinations to see whether he is fit to stand trial.
Most Americans agree that Jackson should receive the death penalty nonetheless, as his conversion is a clear and unforgivable embarrassment to the Christian faith. Christian protesters clashed with riot police today and set fire to several embassies of nations that had no association whatsoever to the case. Some Islamic commentators have questioned why Arab countries continue to support a regime economically and militarily that would execute a Muslim, while others state that the American regime is not as bad as the previous Puritan government, and thus a step in the right direction.
- AP "Article of Pertinence" MSNBC, March 25, 2005