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Lina Joy is still a Muslim May 30, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, Religion.

The Federal Court doesn’t “recognize” her conversion; therefore Lina Joy is still a Muslim. If she wants to become a formal apostate, she will need to go through the Syariah Court – considering the penalty outlined in the Quran, you can’t blame her for not wanting to.

The  judge says that “You can’t at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another”. I suppose being born into a Malay family is a completely rock-solid reason to be a Muslim.

The Muslim Youth Movement leader says that “We invite anyone who feels that they are aggrieved or victimized within the current system to choose other, less confrontational and controversial attempts towards change and reform.” How exactly is changing one’s IC to read “Kristian” instead of “Islam” confrontational and controversial?

Was watching the RTM news and they quoted a judge as saying “sebagai seorang Muslim, beliau tidak boleh keluar daripada Islam“. Ouch… my brain just hurts from the logical contradiction.

Hundreds of Muslim youths gathered in front of the courthouse and applauded the verdict. The verdict was passed 2-1; the two votes coming from two Muslims. Meanwhile, today’s Star ran a speech by DPM Najib where he says:

“If the media replaces the “culture of clash” with dialogue by eliminating the logic of power and replace it with the power of logic, the world would be a better place to live,” he said.

Would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

But there’s a silver lining. At least we don’t have any illusions about the state of Islam in Malaysia, or the “unity” and “tolerance” bullshit the Government tries to feed us. Hey Pak Lah, is this part of Islam Hadhari? What’s that? Elegant silence?

This is also my 100th post. Whoopee.



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