And the crowd shouted, “Allahu akbar.” Islam is a room with no exit door, and they’re proud of it. Lina Joy Update, and Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia: “Malaysia rejects Christian appeal,” from the BBC, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Malaysia’s highest court has rejected a Muslim convert’s six-year battle to be legally recognised as a Christian.
A three-judge panel ruled that only the country’s Sharia Court could let Azlina Jailani, now known as Lina Joy, remove the word Islam from her identity card.
Malaysia’s constitution guarantees freedom of worship but says all ethnic Malays are Muslim. Under Sharia law, Muslims are not allowed to convert.
Ms Joy said she should not be bound by that law as she is no longer a Muslim.
Malaysia’s Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim said the panel endorsed legal precedents giving Islamic Sharia courts jurisdiction over cases involving Muslims who want to convert.
About 200 protesters shouted “Allah-o-Akbar” (God is great) outside the court when the ruling was announced.
“You can’t at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another,” Ahmad Fairuz said.