Kabul, Afghanistan —- Taliban assailants on a motorbike gunned down a Christian aid worker in Kabul on Monday, saying she was killed for spreading her religion —- a rare targeted killing of a Westerner in the capital.
Gayle Williams, a 34-year-old dual British-South African national who helped handicapped Afghans, was shot as she was walking to work, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary.
A spokesman said the Taliban ordered her killed because she was accused of proselytizing.
“This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan,” Zabiullah Mujahid said. “Our [leaders] issued a decree to kill this woman.”
Britain’s secretary of state for international development, Douglas Alexander, called the killing a “callous and cowardly act” and said Williams was in Afghanistan to help ease poverty.
“To present her killing as a religious act is as despicable as it is absurd —- it was cold-blooded murder,” Alexander said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the aid group, SERVE —- Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises —- said it is a Christian organization but denied it was proselytizing.
“It’s not the case that they preach, not at all,” said the spokeswoman, Rina van der Ende. “They are here to do [aid] work.”
Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic nation. Proselytizing is prohibited by law.
(Please note the last sentence. Even if this woman was guilty of breaking Afghani law, that does not change the fact that this woman was murdered without a trial in an act of terror. Typical media bias. In any event, Christians, persecution is increasing. However, we are going to have to continue to stand for the faith. This woman gave her life for the gospel and for good works that Jesus Christ, the book of James, and the book of Hebrews specifically tells us to commit. Who have you shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with today?)