There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.
In recent times, freedom of religion has declined in Afghanistan, according to the State Department. “The government’s level of respect for religious freedom in law and in practice declined during the reporting period, particularly for Christian groups and individuals,” reads the State Department report. “Negative societal opinions and suspicion of Christian activities led to targeting of Christian groups and individuals, including Muslim converts to Christianity,” said the report. ”The lack of government responsiveness and protection for these groups and individuals contributed to the deterioration of religious freedom.” Most Christians in the country refuse to “state their beliefs or gather openly to worship,” said the State Department.
The Taliban won that war, didn’t they…