Archive for the 'religion' Category

Fitna Released

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Geert Wilders’ film Fitna, which Islamic organizations have tried to suppress sight unseen, has been released and is available here. Having just watched it, I can see why these organizations do not like it: it is an accurate portrayal of a segment of Muslim opinion. The quotations from the Qur’an are authentic; the footage of Islamic terrorism and its results is real; the interviews with Muslims expressing hatred of Jews consistent with others that I have seen.

Malaysia’s Denial of Freedom of Religion

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

In an appalling decision, the Supreme Court of Malaysia has denied Lina Joy, a woman born Muslim who converted to Christianity as an adult, the right to change her legal status to Christian. This decision violates the freedom of conscience in the most fundamental way, as expressed in major statements of international law such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Article 18 states:

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.

Malaysia is a so-called “moderate Muslim” nation. This decision is an excellent example of the danger to freedom posed even by “moderate” Islam, and why religion in general, and Islam in particular, should be rigorously separated from government.