In case you haven’t heard

May 30, 2007

Lina Joy lost her appeal in the civil courts case. Of course, we all know that there are certain idiots people who are rejoicing. Edit: I changed it from idiots because I got a nice surprise from one of them. Treating her with care and compassion is certainly more than what I would have expected from some Muslims opposed to her religious change, especially a so-called PR 5 blogger (or was it 6? can’t be bothered, really, and yes I am being a bit petty about it).

Thanks for renewing my faith in Muslims.

What’s interesting (for me at least) to note is that she’s lost in the CIVIL Courts. I know that she doesn’t want to go to the Syariah, but I would like to point out something: Since this is a religious matter, and she DID come out from Islam, common sense would dictate that she go there to remove her status shouldn’t it?

Of course, Malaysian common sense would also say that she would be thrown into prison immediately. For wanting to leave a religion that she does not believe in anymore.

In Malaysia, say goodbye to your personal and religious rights once you become a Muslim. Gods… I think if I want to marry Anata, I might as well leave this country. I love you Malaysia, but I don’t love the idiots in you.

4 Responses to “In case you haven’t heard”

  1. Nan said

    Decision was made, right or wrong is depending from which angle you look at it.
    It happened before that an Afgani man converted to Christianity and there was an uproar. The soluton was he migrated to Europe. May be he is at peace there.
    I think Lina Joy should emulate him. God have shown her the solution so the she will find peace with her new religion. Furthermore she could find more freedom than be in Malaysia.

    Geminianeyes: Thank you for your comment.

  2. I groaned out loud when I read about it too.
    Nan is correct in his/her observation, it’s better to leave the country than to face constant upheaval and threats to your personal rights. She and her husband ought to get two one-way tickets out of this authoritarian country once and for all.
    And should you marry your beloved, imouto-chan, you can be sure I’ll be there right by your side applauding you all the way!

    Geminianeyes: Thanks, Onii-chan. While most Muslims who are applauding the case may not agree, I wonder why is it that those who are born into Islam are not allowed to compare their religion against others. Islam mentions there is no compulsion… isn’t forcing a child to remain a Muslim when they don’t know better means compulsion? Is God really that unkind?

  3. Tiara said

    I can see the uproar that would happen should Lina Joy win, though. The conservative Muslims are a STRONG political force, and there is still the ghost of May 13 looming around. That more than likely already decided her fate.

    Geminianeyes: I agree. I think that by letting the wound fester instead of cauterising it, we’ve effectively killed religious and racial discussions in Malaysia.

  4. Well, to be fair, the ruling was done based on a technical term so the highest court at least, did not make a statement against her conversion per se. Fairness or the easy way out?
    Ti is unfortunately right but maybe it’s not THAT big a problem many deem it to be. I agree that reconciliation is necessary but many of us, take you, me, Ti and Phil have risen above it (because we weren’t affected).
    Whatever happens, all our prayers are with her and I’m sure that the ending will be one that will work out for good (Romans 8:28).

    Geminianeyes: Yeah, that’s true. Interestingly enough, one of the reasons for this happen was because a case in the early 1990s (I think) where the guy was declared a non-Muslim by virtue of following a sect that had been deemed deviant by the Malaysia fatwa, so he was no longer a Muslim. The case was decided by the CIVIL, not Syariah courts. Of course, right after that they amended the rules so that the civil courts would have no power over matters like these.

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