No Religious Freedom For Muslims

Muslims do not have religious freedom because of the simple fact a male apostate must be executed and female apostate may be put to death, according to some schools, or imprisoned, according to others.

Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi who summarizes what he sees as the most likely objections by critics of Islam’s death sentence for apostates:

* This idea is against the freedom of conscience. How can it be right to offer an apostate the gallows when he has decided to leave Islam?

* A faith which people maintain because of the fear of death cannot be genuine faith. This faith will be manifestly hypocritically chosen to deceive in order to save one’s life.

* If all religions approve of execution for apostasy, it will be difficult not only for Muslims to embrace another religion but also for non-Muslims to embrace Islam.

* It is contradictory to say on one hand “There is no compulsion in religion (Qur’an 2:256)” and “Whosoever will, let him believe and whosoever will, let him disbelieve (18:30)”, and on the other to threaten to punish by death who renounces Islam and moves to reject Islam.

FrontPage exaimes this side of Islam in depth at Symposium: Death for Apostasy?

Consider this Wiki “Apostasy in Islam”

Apostasy in Islam (Arabic: ارتداد, irtidād or ridda) is commonly defined as the rejection of Islam in word or deed by a person who has been a Muslim.

All five major schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that a male apostate must be executed. A female apostate may be put to death, according to some schools, or imprisoned, according to others.

And this from “Apostasy and Human Rights”

It is clear quite clear that under Islamic Law an apostate must be put to death. There is no dispute on this ruling among classical Muslim or modern scholars, and we shall return to the textual evidence for it.

And this excellent essay by Orson Scott Card

Poor Abdul Rahman. He lived in Germany, where there is freedom of religion. He forgot that freedom of religion only applies to non-Muslims who convert to other faiths. Muslims aren’t allowed to follow their individual consciences. If you’re born a Muslim, then in your entire life you will never, never have a choice about what religion to belong to.

Because if you convert from Islam to another faith, good Muslims have a right — no, a duty — to kill you.

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Posted on July 5, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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