As thousands of desperate Afghans hope to make their way onto airplanes headed anywhere outside the country, millions more are devastated to see their country revert to strict Sharia law brutally enforced by the Taliban. This feeling of devastation isn’t limited to the Afghan people. For Americans, especially those who care about religious freedom, the Taliban takeover is heartbreaking.
Religious freedom—the ability to choose, change, and live out one’s faith—directly conflicts with the Taliban’s radical Islamist agenda. Much more than a localized human rights concern, Afghanistan’s vanishing religious freedom at the hands of the Taliban should also trouble America’s foreign policy and national security officials.