Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Laws punish conversion from Islam

Julia Duin:

A court case involving three Indonesian housewives who have been jailed for offering Sunday school lessons to Muslim children of prostitutes in west Java has global significance for anyone who wishes to convert.

Shariah, or Islamic law, demands the death penalty on those who do, based on a saying of Muhammad: "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, then kill him."

Enforcement of this rule varies widely. A few Islamic societies merely shun the convert; others remove all civil liberties from the apostates; their children are taken away, their marriages dissolved, their family inheritance lost and their right to burial in a Muslim graveyard removed.

In Iran, Hamid Pourmand, a lay leader in the Assemblies of God church and an Iranian army colonel, was imprisoned in February for having converted to Christianity 25 years ago. One son has since fled the country; his wife and younger son have been evicted from their home and both are destitute in Tehran while Mr. Pourmand serves out a three-year sentence.

Hindus in India have passed anti-conversion laws in response to conversions to Christianity and other religions by untouchables. The state of Gujarat threatens to fine and/or imprison anyone who intentionally or unintentionally converts another.

The parliament in Sri Lanka, which is 69 percent Buddhist, is considering an anti-conversion bill that carries a 5-to-7-year sentence for those whose actions, whether intentional or unintentional, influence a religious conversion.

When three Christian housewives living in a fundamentalist Islamic area about a three-hour drive west of Jakarta were accused of indoctrinating Muslim children, the community erupted in rage.

Their court case has been in process since June, simultaneous with the forced closings of 60 churches in central and west Java in the past year by radical Muslim groups. Thirty churches were closed in the past month.

Petition to Muslims: Stop killing converts

A Christian Boom

3 Comments:

At 10:39 AM, Blogger The Rendezvous said...

If as you claim Mohamed did say......."Whoever converts to another religion..kill him perse...

Then you will be contradicting yourself with the book Mohamed was sent to bring to the world..

In the Qur'an, the principle of fighting is purely self-defensive. According to all available Traditions, the earliest verses revealed with regards to fighting are these:

The Qur'an clearly states, in the verses of 2:190 it says:

"...but do not commit aggression, for verily, God does not love aggressors."

"Committing aggression" includes killing innocent civilians

"...but if they desist, then all hostility shall cease, save against those who [willfully] do wrong" (2:193).

He was talking about "People who openly object Islam in communities to having ties as "shirk" if you may know..

people who go to an extent of causing damages to Islam after leaving Islam..as in propagandist..

It says in chapter (verse)is 2:190,
"And fight in God's cause against those who wage war against you..."
Maybe you are confusing with some verses of the Qoran which say:

""O you who have attained to faith! Fight against those unbelievers who are near you and let them find you adamant, and know that God is with those who are conscious of Him" (9:123)"..

"O Prophet! Strive hard (lit., make "jihad") against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be adamant with them... " (66:73).

"Slay the pagans wherever you may come upon them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every conceivable place..." (9:5).

 
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