If a M'sian Muslim tries to convert ...

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  1. Su Wei

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    Court plea by woman would split society down the middle KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia is expecting a court ruling any day now that could shake society to its foundations.
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    A Muslim woman decided to become a Christian, marry and raise a family. But in Malaysia, where Islam is the official religion, this is an affair of state, not conscience. The 42-year-old Lina Joy has asked the Federal Court, the country's highest civil judicial authority, to acknowledge her conversion to Christianity. Whatever the outcome, the decision could pose a headache for the government. .
    "The question in Lina's case is whether Muslims can convert," said political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda. .
    It's a tricky legal question in multiracial, multi-religious Malaysia. Ethnic Malays, who make up just over half of Malaysia's 26 million people, are deemed Muslims from birth. .
    Ms Azlina Jailani was brought up as a Muslim but at the age of 26 she decided to become a Christian. In 1999, the National Registration Department allowed her to change the name in her identity card to Lina Joy but the entry for her religion remained as "Islam". .

    http://www.todayonline.com/articles/136604.asp
     
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    I pray she wins, but really, I don't think she will. It is the integrity (??) of the Muslim faith that is at stake here, as the article clearly states, and her case, if she wins, will be a very dangerous precedent for the religion of "peace".
     
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    I pray she wins too...

    In Malaysia, if you're born a Malay (that's the race) you automatically are Muslim. It's the same here in Singapore too. Malay and Muslim are
    synonymous terms.

     
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    Almost the same thing in the Philippines. If one is born there, it is assumed one isRoman Catholic (except if the birth was in the South, in the Muslim areas), and the hospital or the midwife will register the baby as Roman Catholic unless the parents say otherwise.
     

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