Monday, May 21, 2012

Malaysia: Muslim activist Irshad Manji gets very cold shoulder during book tour

She makes no bones about being a lesbian which, as we know is a mortal sin in Islam.  She has specific beliefs about what Islam is, and should be, neither of which comes even close to how Islam is defined today by its recognized leaders and practiced by over 100 million followers.  As much as I admire her for her stand against the oppression and misogynistic aspects of Islam it is folly for her to try and visit Islamic countries, even those perceived to be moderate such as Malaysia.  She really should have seen this coming, but maybe the blinders she wears; wanting desperately to believe Islam is truly peaceful and tolerant have taken their toll.

From The Star May 20 by Mazwin Nik Anis

Author accused of insulting Islam

KUALA LUMPUR: Liberal activist Irshad Manji has found herself in a spot following strong protests against her presence here to promote the Malay version of her controversial book, Allah, Liberty and Love.
Political parties and non-governmental organisations have opposed her visit to Malaysia, claiming that the writer reported to have openly admitted to being a lesbian has insulted Islam with her writings and attitude.
They have demanded that the authorities ban her work and not allow her to set foot in the country again.
Her views on Islam such as her opinion that a non-Muslim need not convert to be married to a Muslim have gained the Ugandan-born Canadian author infamy.
The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha will review her book, Allah. Kebebasan dan Cinta,saying that although there were complaints that Irshads work was insulting to Islam, the department needed to go through the book first.
We will be getting copies of the book soon. Once we have gone through and discover reasons that it should be banned, we will propose it to the Home Ministry, he said.
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