The charge of apostasy is itself a death threat. Muhammad said: "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him" (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
The issue at hand in this case is not the point; the same thing would have happened regarding any issue that involved Muslims perceived to be departing from the traditional teachings of Islam. Here again we see why there are so few genuine Muslim reformers: those who challenge the mainstream teachings are threatened and intimidated into silence -- much the way that non-Muslim foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism are threatened on the one hand and smeared and defamed on the other. Islamic supremacists and their Leftist allies are desperately insecure and can brook no dissent, much less carry on a rational discussion or debate.
"Pro-Gay Marriage Muslim MPs Get Threats," from NZNewsUK, February 18 (thanks to Twostellas):
Muslim MPs who voted for same-sex marriage have since received death threats and fatwas from Islamist extremists and clerics in the UK and Pakistan.
Five Muslim MPs voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, two abstained and one voted against.
Mufti Muhammed Aslam Naqshbandi Bandhalevi, imam at the Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Bradford, has issued a fatwa, or ruling, declaring one of the five pro-gay marriage Muslim MPs, Sadiq Khan, an “apostate” and that he should “repent before Allah”, reports the Daily Mail. Mr Khan has received death threats since the parliamentary vote and is now under police protection.
Mufti Muhammad Aslam Naqshbandi of Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Southfield said that Muslims MPs who supported the right of gay couples to marry had put themselves outside of Islam, according to a report by the Pakistan-based newspaper, The News International.
The same paper reports that at least three Pakistani clerics have declared that the MPs were no longer Muslims and they must repent.
Several UK-based Islamist sects have denounced the MPs, including Hizb ut-Tahrir; as have posts on extremist websites such as Islamic Awakening and Izharudeen.com....