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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

For being a Christian...

... in Saudi Arabia this could be just part of the penalty

See reports here, here and here about a Lebanese man who was sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes for converting a Muslim woman to Christianity and a Saudi man who was sentenced to two years and 200 lashes for aiding her escape abroad. As severe as these penalties are they are relatively lenient when compared with the possible fatwa induced execution of those in Morocco who renounce Islam even though it is not a crime in that country.

Ideas of justice around the world can be brutal as this rough guide shows but where is the 'justice' in penalties for apostasy in the twenty-first century, especially when advocated in Great Britain? Each new report from around the world induces little reaction other than a shrug of the shoulders with gratitude that it does not happen here but elements of Sharia are increasingly common in this country with Muslims insisting that they have a right to bring up their children in accordance with their own beliefs while living in a Christian country, the exact opposite of what is allowed in Saudi Arabia where public Christian worship is banned and children are taught that Jews and the Christians are enemies of Muslim believers

In the video that follows, Richard Dawkins manages to strain an admission from Dr Mohamed Mukadam, the then Chairman of the Association of Muslim Schools, that in Islam  apostasy is dealt with by the death penalty but Dr Mukadam failed to see the connection in what happens in an Islamic country and what happens in Great Britain. The connection is the universal freedom of choice: 

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."


  1. but but Islam is the Religion of Peace-that is what all the politicians, peaceniks and political correct tell me.
    Try and tell that to the thousands of Christians who have died or had to escape from Islamic persecution-not to mention Hindu persecutors in India

  2. Some explanations for this apparent contradiction are given here

  3. As I understand it, in Islam "peace" is defined as that state of affairs in which Islam rules the land. By that definition of peace, ot is a religion of peace