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The case of Lina Joy

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jun 18, 2019 at 20:34

Dear Dr Pipes, while researching about Zulhaidi Omar who was being prohibited in Malaysia from converting to Buddhism, I learned about another similar case. Lina Joy is a Malaysian woman who has been forced to mention her religion as Islam inher identity card even though she wanted to convert to Christianity (ref1). According to Islam it is OK to force a person to remain a Muslim even though he or she did not want to. Muslims should realize that this kind of practices are nothing short of a disgrace to them.

ref1: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-religion-ruling/malaysias-lina-joy-loses-islam-conversion-case-idUSSP20856820070530

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