Worship a Teapot – Go To Prison

Unfortunately – part of what Malaysia is coming to:

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Two years in prison for having abandoned Islam and joined an “illegal” sect.  That was the sentence handed down to Kamariah Ali by the Islamic High Court in the Malaysian state of Terengganu, a sentence effective as of today.

57 year-old Kamariah was arrested in July 2005 along with another 58 companions for belonging to a small sect known as the “Sky Kingdom”. Born in the mid ‘80’s, the community grew outside state control until 1998, when its followers set up a Disneyland style games park – with buildings in the form of umbrellas, colourful boats, Greek and roman columns – at the centre of which they placed a gigantic teapot and equally massive blue vase. By this means they began proselytising among villagers and foreigners. Followers of the “sect” worshipped the teapot, which symbolised the pouring out of peace and blessings of the Sky on humanity  

In August of 2005, Islamic fundamentalists destroyed their deity and the structures where they gathered.

The Federal Constitution guarantees the right to change religions an art. 3 declares that Islam is the nation’s official religion.  Ethnic Malay citizens, the majority of the population, are however strictly tied to the definition “people who profess Islam”. Those who negates this loose their civil rights, and their conversion is not recognised by Muslim Religious Councils.

Unfortunately, the Islamic popoulation of Malaysia is becoming more militant.  Imposing controls on foreign priests (Hindus), and generally looking to make the country more intolerant.

Malaysia firm’s ‘Muslim car’ plan

The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an “Islamic car”, designed for Muslim motorists.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

unveiling of the Proton Persona sedan near Kuala Lumpur in August 2007

Proton is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the unique vehicle.
Safety features or fuel economy is one way of selling a car, but Proton thinks vehicles designed specifically for Muslims across the world represent a huge gap in the market.
Proton is the most dominant car on the streets here but the company has suffered recently after the government allowed more foreign cars to be imported.
The car could boast special features like a compass pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and a headscarf.
The idea came during a visit to the Middle East by a delegation of Malaysian politicians and businessmen.
Malaysian press reports say officials in Iran originally suggested the idea.
The firm has been in talks recently with VW about a takeover by the German car giant.

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Muslim Men Emotionally Abused By Women’s Dress

So even with up to 4 wives, they are too distracted to pray?

clipped from www.foxnews.com
Malaysia’s Muslim men are suffering sleepless nights and cannot pray properly because their thoughts are distracted by a growing number of women who wear sexy clothes in public, a prominent cleric said.
“We always [hear about] the abuse of children and wives in households, which is easily perceived by the eye, but the emotional abuse of men cannot be seen,” Nik Abdul Aziz said. “Our prayers become unfocused and our sleep is often disturbed.”
His party’s Web site published an illustration Wednesday of how women should dress — in long, flowing headscarves covering their hair and chests and “baggy and loose” long-sleeved, floor-length dresses.

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Book Banning – Malaysia

Of course, the books being banned are about religion.  Which one?

 Secretary of the Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division Che Din Yusoh said today 21 of the publications were in the English language and published in the United States, United Kingdom and Jordan while 16 were in Bahasa Malaysia and published in Malaysia and Indonesia.

All the book titles and publications were banned by a prohibition order under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, he said in a statement.

He said the prohibition order was imposed on the publications because their contents and text on Islam twisted facts and true Islamic teachings or contained elements that misled the faithful and humiliated the prophets.

“These publications can cause confusion and apprehension among Muslims and eventually jeopardise public order,” he added.

This article lists the English Language books – except for 3 from the UK and 2 from Jordan it looks like all the others are published in the US.

Christian Conversion Illegal in Malaysia

Lina Joy converted from Islam to Christianity eight years ago and since then has endured extraordinary hurdles in her desire to marry the man in her life. In rulings in her case, civil courts said Malays could not renounce Islam because the Constitution defined Malays to be Muslims.

Malaysia has powerful Islamic Affairs Departments in its 13 states and in the capital district around Kuala Lumpur. The departments, a kind of parallel bureaucracy to the state apparatus that were strengthened during the 22-year rule of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, run the Shariah courts.

“Malaysia is at a crossroads,” Mr. Dawson said. “Do we go down the Islamic road, or do we maintain the secular character of the federal constitution that has been eroding in the last 10 years?”

Last month, Prime Minister Badawi appeared to side with the Islamists when he ordered that forums organized around the country to discuss religious freedom must stop. The forums, run by a group called Article 11, named after the section of the Constitution that says Malaysians are free to choose their religion, were disrupted on several occasions by Islamic protesters.

The chief organizer of the Article 11 forums, a well-known human rights lawyer, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a Muslim, received a death threat this month that was widely circulated by e-mail.

With the heading “Wanted Dead,” the message featured a photograph of Mr. Malik and said: “This is the face of the traitorous lawyer to Islam who supports the Lina Joy apostasy case. Distribute to our friends so they can recognize this traitor. If you find him dead by the side of the road, do not help.”

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