Archive for the ‘Social Analysis’ Category

Walking On Eggshells (Islamic Sensitivities)

October 22, 2010

Malaysian Muslims are a pretty sensitive lot. They are always protesting against non-Muslims for insulting Islam. One can only be amazed at how the slightest action is considered offensive to Islam. Non-Muslims indeed are walking on eggshells.  On they other hand, Muslims enjoy full immunity even though they continually attack other religions, e.g. anti-Christian literature abundantly available in bookstores everywhere and Islamic dakwah attacks on non-Muslim religions in YouTube.

I personally have no problem with  religious polemics. Only let the  truth claims of all religions be presented fairly. Let the exchange between religious thinkers be free from interference from the authorities. Intellectual honesty and courteous critique must be the foundation for civilized plural society in the 21st century. (more…)


MAIS Wants Agnes Monica’s Song Declared Haram

March 17, 2009

COMMENT: Is this a religious-quarantine country? Just look at the fretfulness/nervousness displayed by Malaysian Islamic authorities as they lurch about blocking all manners of potentially bad influence (perceived or otherwise) that might fall upon Malaysian Muslims! Is it the case that Muslims cannot mount a calm and rational defence of their faith or that Islamic culture just cannot compete with other cultural influences in a free and open society or that somehow Muslims are just so weak that they must be protected all the times from undue influence?

In any case, they have no business banning activities that are essentially carried out by non-Muslims for non-Muslims.

“… anyone found playing the song can be fined up to RM1,000 under the Non-Muslim Religious Enactment 1988.” (more…)