Friday, March 30, 2012

Threat of Christianity in Malaysia has government scared

Seriously, instead of worrying about jihadists and Muslims killing Muslims, the government is trying to demonize and ostracize Christians because they talk about Christ with Muslims.  Talk about misplaced priorities.

The seminar was originally titled "Strengthening the faith, the dangers of liberalism and pluralism and the threat of Christianity towards Muslims" but uproar caused the "threat of Christianity" part to be dropped.  The seminar will still demonize Christians, but now no one will know.

Bravo for free speech and the upholding of basic human rights in Malaysia....not!

From AFP/Google March 30

Malaysia in religious row over 'threat of Christianity' 

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian state religious and education officials have changed the title of a seminar on "the threat of Christianity" following outrage from non-Muslims in the multiethnic country.
Southern Johor state education officials faced criticism over the school teachers' seminar to be held Saturday that was titled: "Strengthening the faith, the dangers of liberalism and pluralism and the threat of Christianity towards Muslims."
The furore over the title follows allegations of Christian proselytisation in the Muslim-majority country after religious police raided a Methodist church event last August fearing Muslims were being converted.
State lawmaker Maulizan Bujang told the Bernama news agency the reference to Christianity would be removed from the title, saying: "The seminar aims to strengthen the faith of Muslims and it does not need to be politicised by any party that claims it (the seminar) is a threat to other religions."
But co-organisers from the state religious department said the seminar's content would remain the same.
"The seminar is part of the right of Muslims to defend the faith of its practitioners from any action which may lead to apostasy. It is our responsibility," an official told Bernama.
It is a weak religion that must defend itself from any outside influences that may cause a Muslim to leave Islam.
Opposition leaders say the ruling coalition, which is expected to announce national polls this year, is trying to woo back Malay support by using fear of other religions, after a swing vote saw the government lose control of a third of parliamentary seats and four states in 2008 polls.
Reverend Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, said the government had to take a stand against the seminar.
"Of course we are disappointed, it derails the whole idea of harmony and mutual respect and understanding each other," he told AFP.
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