Religion and Choices

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 10:03 am
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This post was originally published on my Facebook profile yesterday. Reproducing it here today because of the Allah appeal that is currently happening.

So today it finally struck me. I mean, I know this intellectually, but this is the first time I’ve felt the truth of it hit hard in the gut.

Why in the world are we so preoccupied with someone else’s religion?

Religion isn’t a numbers game. It’s not a competition where the religion with the most followers automatically win the world, or God’s favour and blessings on them forever. If you have your beliefs, then so be it. You have your faith in your God, and I have my faith in my Goddess. Pure and simple. When you die, if there is an afterlife, then you’ll be answerable to your God. That is all. God’s going to ask you what you did. He’s not going to reward the entire religious organisation without evaluating the sum of its parts.

And so if you have faith in your God and religion, then nothing can turn you away from it. Having someone curse you, drinking holy water, air zam zam or wailing at the Wall isn’t going to turn you away from the religion of your CHOICE.

Yes, that is the keyword.

Choice.

No one can force you to believe in a faith you do not have. You may have doubts about your faith, you may have doubts about God’s existence, you may even doubt that your deity is the person you thought they were.

But here’s the thing: It’s YOU.

You make the choice to believe in them. YOU make the choice to hold on to your faith. YOU make the choice to believe in the tenets of your faith, to keep to it, and to hold it sacred and practice for as long as you shall live or so choose.

No one, but YOU yourself.

Belief is, as you grow older, a personal choice. There is no one who holds a gun to your head and say “BELIEVE IN MY WORD THAT PIGS WILL FLY” and you will believe in your heart, unless you choose to. Someone may take your hand, put a pen in it, and then write “I AM A BELIEVER” with your hand, but if you do not believe it in your head, then it is meaningless.

So stop pushing the responsibility for your faith onto others. I cannot slap you and make you believe that my Goddess is greater than yours, unless you choose to believe my words. By that token, you cannot force belief in me that your God and religion is really greater than mine.

Stop thinking that drinking holy water, walking by a church or into a mosque, listening to Buddhist chants and/or smelling temple incense is going to turn you away from your religion. HAVE FAITH IN YOUR RELIGION LA!

**Note: I have deliberately left out times when you doubt the existence of God in this essay, aka nights of the soul.

Original entry as appearing at Ink to Screen.

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Dear Friends,

But particularly those in the US. Especially if you’re in Mississippi, which I doubt that most of you are.

Please sign this petition to stop the redefinition of personhood. The Attorney General of Mississippi is proposing legislation that would define personhood to have begun from the moment of conception.

With that redefinition, you’re considered a human being from the moment conception happens. Which means abortion is not an option. Not for rape. Not for incest. Not even if the mother’s and child’s life is threatened by the child in her belly.

In fact, it also means you can’t take birth control pills. Or morning after pills. Anything that might prevent conception. A woman is thereby reduced to being nothing than a brood mare. To be nothing but an animal to receive a man’s sperm and carry that baby to term. Her wishes have no say.

This is not a campaign to define what it means to be a human. It’s a campaign to remove the meaning of being human. It removes choice. It removes the right of women to make their own decision for what happens in their bodies.

This is not about being anti-abortion. It’s about the state saying to women, “You MUST have babies. If you have sex, too bad. You must now carry it to term. If you have a disease that will kill you, too bad, the clump of cells in your tummy must be birthed. If you have been raped, too bad. You must live with the trauma for another 9 months.”

Oh yes. Miscarriage would be considered manslaughter. Miscarriage.

If you feel as disgusted as I do, please sign the petition. And no, it doesn’t matter if you’re from the US or not. A message needs to be sent. Our bodies are our own. The State should not, and cannot, be allowed to have a say in it.

In case you’re wondering, I’m writing this because the thought of having the state, even if the state is not my own, having the state control my body is terrifying. I can’t do much but spread the word, and hope that it gets to the right people.

Original entry as appearing at Ink to Screen.

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So, a few weeks ago, a DAP MP walked into a mosque to present a cheque for Raya, which is coming soon. She says that she had been invited by the mosque committee to enter the prayer hall and to give a speech. Obliging them on both counts, she then spoke to them about the state government’s (Selangor’s) education programme. Utusan and quite a few BN-related papers got a hold of the story and went to town with it.

A good chunk and summary of the whole case can be found on the Nut Graph.

My personal take on it?

If this picture is true, and it seems to be, then I do agree that the MP in question, Teo Nie Ching, did commit a faux pas in entering the mosque. Her faux pas isn’t that she was a non-Muslim entering the prayer hall of a mosque, but that she did not demonstrate enough respect to the religion. i.e. I believe she should have worn at least a loose head covering, which she seems to have done so at a later function.

It’s unfortunate though, that a simple gesture as visiting the house of worship of another religion has been turned into a political issue. Make no mistake. I don’t see this as a religious issue at all, not when there are Muslim scholars, even within Malaysia, who see no wrong in a non-Muslim visiting a mosque if they have business to conduct with said Muslims. No, I do not mean scholars like Nik Aziz who does have a political stake in the outcome.

I’m talking about Selangor’s own mufti (a Muslim scholar who is, as Google tells me, also empowered to proscribe a fatwa or Islamic religious ruling) Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid who wrote a letter that stated,

“According to history, the Prophet (while he lived) in Medina did not repulse any visits by Jews or Christians who wanted to meet him even when he was in the mosque of Medina,” said Tamyes in the letter addressed to Jais’ chief assistant director in charge of mosques. They would come with a request, seeking justice (in a dispute) or for an administrative or other matter. It is understood from such incidents that there is no prohibition in Islam for meetings to be held within mosques other than the Masjid Al-Haram in blessed Makkah so long as they are held with good intentions.”

That view is also shared by former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin who believes there is nothing wrong with a non-Muslim visiting a mosque as long as it was with good intentions, also quoted in the same piece.

So, from my point of view, this is not a religious matter at all. This is a simple misunderstanding that has been blown out of proportions to make it look like a religious attack when it is none. I wonder, does this cancel the fasts of all those who claim that Teo is a dirty person thus for entering a mosque?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Merunsing
Hatiku berpusing
Kegelisahan bertambah
Di ambang merdeka kini

Kekecohan
Di jalanan, mahupun di kampung
Di bandar dan di rumah
Semuanya gemuruh

Dalam kegelapan ini
Teringat suatu peribahasa
Di mana bayangnya, di situlah cahaya

Dengan cahaya wujudlah gelapan
Dalam sinaran adalah bayangnya
Untuk setiap yang inginkan kemusnahan
Wujudlah lebih ramai yang inginkan keamanan

Negaraku bukannya yang termoden
Negaraku mungkin terlalu runsing
Tapi yang adanya macha
Tiada warna, tiada sempadan

Mereka yang mementingkan diri
Terlalu inginkan kuasa dan wang
Sehingganya negara yang menjadi mangsa
Rakyatnya yang merana

Dalam bayangan wujudlah cahaya
Dalam runsingan wujudnya jawapan
Dalam kegelapan adalah harapan
Dalam rakyat adalah pendirian

Kepada mereka yang inginkan kemusnahan
Kepada mereka yang inginkan kuasa
Baliklah, iblis, ke nerakamu
Tinggalkan negaraku Malaysia sekarang!

Ditulis sempena Kemerdekaan Malaysia ke 53 dan Hari Malaysia ke 47. Inspired by a quote from the Mothership, “who would like to remind you that in this ever present darkness, there’s always someone nearby with a light. And if you’re willing, you can be that light.”

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Translated the latest lol from Ridhuan Tee, a Muslim convert who’s trying to be more Malay than the real Malay.

Don’t dare to challenge us

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Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Chibi Tudung is cute!

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 06:05 pm
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 Chibi Nun says: A nun can be covered from head to toe in order to devote herself to God, right?  Then Chibi Veil girl says, but then, if a Muslim girl does it, why is she being oppressed?
Original image taken from Tiara’s blog

This got me thinking while I was talking to Jhameia about why people (read: Caucasian Christians) get so uptight around veiled women. The following proposal is not fully thought out and so may require some fine-tuning?

For me, I feel that part of the reason why the veil threatens such males (and to an extent, the females) so much is that they are confused about the sexuality and “availability” of veiled Muslim women.

For instance, the veiled Christian nun sends a strong message; I am a woman devoted completely to God, and thereby unavailable to you, ever, by virtue of my vows. This means that no one can ever own a nun, because they are owned by God.

A veiled Muslim woman, on the other hand, signifies that she is devoted to her God, but is still available for carnal relations because her veil merely signifies her commitment to God religiously but does not signal her inavailability to marriage. In other words, she confuses the white Male by being both available and unavailable at the same time.

Confused? Here’s another example to tell you to illustrate the point. It’s the same as a woman who goes to a bar, enjoys herself on the dance floor, lets herself be filmed by a camera crew while she’s dancing, and then protesting LOUDLY when her top’s pulled down to show her breasts.

Does that sound fucked up to you? GREAT, BECAUSE IT REALLY DID HAPPEN.

In essence, it is the simple idea that any woman who behaves in a manner that may be deemed “wild” or “disruptive” deserves not only to be oppressed, but also discriminated against. This discrimination need not be overt, but it can be subtle. As subtle as a woman who seems “surprised” that her daughter chose to wear the veil/tudung instead of a bikini.

Edit: With regards to the “oppressed” statement in the picture, and to explain the rest of my entry, when I say oppressed in this context, it is to say that a veiled Muslim woman is an oppressed woman. In other words, she cannot be seen to choose to wear the veil out of her own free will, because most Caucasians (in this context) believe that a Muslim woman dons the veil because she is FORCED/PRESSURED to do so, hence the oppression. The very idea that a woman may CHOOSE to wear the veil because she feels more comfortable in it flies in the face of a lot of people, especially who cannot understand a woman choosing to do something because it is her own choice.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Headdesk time!

Monday, April 12th, 2010 03:06 pm
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In reply to Perkasa saying that Islam shouldn’t be put on the same level as other religions…

DPM: Inter-faith panel just a ’small fry’

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today moved to placate Muslim concerns that the establishment of the inter-faith panel would undermine the status of Islam.

Speaking to reporters in Sungai Buaya, Hulu Selangor said the panel was made up of “small-fry” and was legally toothless and thus, was no threat to Islam.

“It is just an avenue to allow space for better understanding between religions in the country,” Muhyiddin said.

He added that that the body not a commission and it has no powers to influence the country’s policies.

“They are just small fry, (with) a small role played within the Prime Minister Department,” he said.

Muhyiddin said this in response to Malay rights pressure group Perkasa’s criticism of the panel, which was established under the National Unity and Integration Department, led by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon.

The panel would be headed by former Kota Bharu MP Ilani Isahak and include representatives from the Islamic Development Department, Institute of Islamic Understanding and the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism.

Ibrahim argued that the panel should be headed by a prominent Muslim scholar and as it stands, the panel seemingly sidestepped the Rulers Council which is the highest governing body on matters concerning Islam.

Muhyiddin also brushed aside Ibrahim’s criticism of Ilani’s credentials, adding that the senior lawyer was qualified for the job.

“She has vast experience so let’s give her a chance,” he said.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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I happened to read this post from the Merch Girl’s blog before I read Haris Ibrahim’s take on a dead Hindu man who was declared a Muslim at the last minute.

The first emotion that came to me was rage. I’m VERY angry at the way those in the position of power will attempt to do anything and everything they can to get money. That, and the fact that according to most of these “Muslims” there needs to be NO sensitivity spared for those mourning the loss of their beloved.

It is as though to these people, that a bereaving family does not deserve to be treated like human beings because they are not humans. That it’s perfectly fine to submit flimsy pieces of evidence (a conversion cert that did not even match the signature of the deceased!) and call that person a Muslim. Did I mention that these monsters also thought it fit to take away a BREAST-FEEDING CHILD FROM HER MOTHER because she was “of the wrong religion” and needed rehabilitation?

I’m sick of being treated like a second-class citizen because some people associate the idea of “Official Religion” with superiority. That debate is halted because calling into question the way Islam is treated in this country is an insult to that religion.

I’m sick of being told what to say, and what I cannot. I’m tired of being insulted. I’m so tired of watching my country get stolen despite the fact that we voted. I’m tired of racists who insist that I must recognise myself as a Malaysian first, but yet insist that they are Malays first before the country.

I’m sick of people who don’t know their jobs trying to tell me what to do. I hate that lies are so common here in Malaysia. That daughters, sisters and mothers who need safety are treated like animals to satisfy animals.

I’m tired of being ignored because I am a woman. I’m tired of watching my sisters be attacked because they are women, and they are women with powerful voices.

I will NOT remain silent. I WILL remember. I WILL SPEAK. I will WRITE. It is the only thing I can do.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Excuse me for clogging up your feeds. Sorry about that

I’ve got a few questions for Information Minister Dr Rais. According to the article I just translated here, his statements raise more questions than they do answers. First off though, I would like to tip my hat off to him, for at least not joining in the gossip about Maya Karin (though Utusan seems to want him to).

Studies carried out in Malaysia between 1995 to 1998 discovered that only three out of every ten mixed marriages succeed.
I’d like to know what is his definition of success. Some couples could be together and still have a failed marriage; they argue, fight, and cheat on each other without actually getting a divorce.

The reality was there were a lot of hardship a mixed couple would face.
Isn’t this the same no matter what the circumstances of your marriage is? No matter the culture, marriage is not a bed of roses. Ideally, this could be bad translation on my part, but reading the context, Rais seems to paint the picture that only mixed marriages have problems while it is smooth sailing for the non-mixed marriages.

Children getting kidnapped back to their home country
I find it very amusing he said this, he’s completely forgotten about this. So how, Mr Rais? Why does Indira have to raise her children as Muslims and not as Hindus? Are you going to overturn the previous and unjust sentence meted out to her children?

Also on the home country thing
Sir, did you mean international mixed marriages, or did you just mean mixed marriages in general? You see sir, I ask because I’m a child of a mixed marriage. My family’s as Malaysian as you can get. I dare say that we’re really Bangsa Malaysia, or 1Malaysia, whatever you want to call rojaks like us. Both my parents are Malaysian nationals.

Thus, while I can understand your worry about children snatching internationally, I feel you do a discredit to everyone else.

Which brings me to my last question: Sir, do you have any friends who are of mixed blood like me?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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If it weren’t for public pressure, we would have not known that the Al-Islam journalists who insulted Christians so happily will NOT face any charges. News article from Malaysiakini.

No action against Al-Islam, say AG’s Chambers

Due to overwhelming pressure from the general public, the Dang Wangi police district headquarters revealed yesterday that charges against two Al-Islam magazine’s journalists, who entered a Catholic church in Kuala Lumpur, have been dropped.

The duo who – on the pretext of checking out a claim that Muslims were being converted to Christianity – entered a Catholic church in Ipoh and took part in the holy communion.

They were charged under Section 298A (1) of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

In a letter to the complainant, senior investigating officer ASP Ananthan Rajoo stated that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had decided not to press charges against them.

“We referred this case to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) and we received orders from them to take no further action (NFA),” stated the letter, dated Feb 12.

Wrong message

K Sudhagaran Stanley, who had lodged the police report in June last year, expressed disappointment.

“We are deeply hurt and our rights to freely worship has been violated.

“We are pressing for this charges to be placed not because of revenge, but because we want this country to be ruled by law, that people will respect the faith of others, that Malaysians will know that they cant just go and humiliate the beliefs of others and get away with it.

“This reply from the government sends a wrong signal down to Malaysians. We will see more of such cases in the future if we don’t stand up for our rights now,” he said via email.

He added that a mass peaceful protest will be organised soon to protest the decision made by the AG’s Chambers.

And some people wonder why I’m disgusted with our country. By the way, have you read what I call the Malaysian Lie yet?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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A few days ago, when the church attacks first began, this made me cry. Yesterday, I read something that was even more touching.

Someone on Twitter said, “When is RM8,467 more valuable than RM500,000?”

This is the answer. If you don’t have a MKini account, the full news under the cut.

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I am Gemini. The one who disrobed Christ. Preparing him like a Lamb before the slaughter, to be nailed to the Cross. As we disrobed him, my green Twin and I, I see his wounds. His body glistens with sweat. The blood and flesh have mixed with the sweat. As we peel away the robe, he winces in pain.

My heart swells with desire to heal him. To spirit him away, and to cleanse his wounds. I know not who he is, nor what crime he has committed, only that he is innocent. Compassion, not pity, fill my heart. Would that I could spirit him away, to cleanse his wounds, to heal this man.

Yet I could not. Instead, I watched as they led him to the cross. I watched as they hammered the first nail into his hand. I flinched at his cry of pain. I could not stop them, stop them from killing a man I knew innocent of whatever they accused him.

I am the Red Twin, and I stand on the Left hand of God.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Muallaf

Thursday, December 17th, 2009 12:32 pm
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When I find a friend who has turned away from religion… it usually means that he’s angry. So who were the Christians who made you angry at Christianity?
Rohani to Brian, Muallaf.

The thing about Yasmin Ahmad films is that I usually walk away from them pensive (Gubra). Sad (Sepet). And in some cases, heartbroken (Sepet again). Yasmin Ahmad movies rarely end on a good note, but they are usually slow, gentle journeys that make you ponder, lazing on the river with a random pop in the water you’d expect now and then from the water lifeforms. At the end of such expeditions, I would usually be saddened that it’d come to an end, no matter what the ending was.

Not so with Muallaf.

Muallaf left me feeling that the lazy ride had been a motorboat, with the occasional stop to refuel. It felt fast, was a little monotonous, but ultimately funny and thought-provoking. I squirmed in my seat hearing Rohani say the above quote to Brian. The lines were true. They described me. I could not though, remember what it was that made me stop going for Mass.

Rohana and Rohani were in a world of their own, but not in the self-deluded kind. They were secure in their faith; strong women in their own right. Rohana was a precocious young girl; mischievious yet ultimately looking out for her sister. She spoke when her sister could not, or did not want to. Rohana, the older one, was a woman of strength, and not just because she was raising her sister on her own. She had this firm, unyielding but gentle core of faith.

I envy that.

Brian Yap made me uncomfortable. He’s a pervert, but perhaps not that different from other men I know. He’s an introvert, but I find it hard to excuse his behaviour to his mom, mainly because of the way he speaks to her. If I’m not wrong, he’s also a typical Hokkien Penangite when it comes to money. I admit that I would make Mrs Yap pay the extra RM2, simply because she’s the type who likes to show off.

What made me uncomfortable about Brian is that I am very much like him, spiritually. He’s not going to Church because the so-called Christians humiliated him. I abandoned the Mass service because I could not stand the hypocrisy of my family.

I stopped going to Church because while I believed there was a God, I found it hard to believe that this same God would disallow love between two men. To condemn those who needed Him the most. The same God whose followers killed each other because of self-importance. The very same God who said He gave us free will, yet
demand that we surrender it for a reward that was vague at best. 

It is not God who is on trial though, but our interpretations of Him here.

Yet while Muallaf may come off as preachy to some, I found the film thought-provoking. At the most basic level, it’s a fun film, a typical Yasmin Ahmad film with its share of tender-hearted moments and funny scenes. Scratch the surface and there’s so much more to discover. Muallaf makes me uncomfortable, and for all the right reasons. It makes you think, makes you reexamine what it means to be a Muslim, Christian, a child of faith.

It is a movie of faith.

Muallaf was sponsored by the All Malaysian Bloggers’ Portal. Thanks to Michael and sponsors for the tickets to catch the Gala Premiere last night.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Now I can see

Friday, November 6th, 2009 12:14 pm
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How my uncle got played out by “Christians” who promised to support him financially for the home, but in the end did not fulfil their promises. I say Christians because they specifically identified themselves as Christians and made promises by that identity.

Some people whom I’ve had to work with in recent days has left me with this bad impression of whomever holds a title in my old churches. My “seniors” all seem to care far more about what other people can do for them, hiding their own inadequancies, laziness, and carelessness under a veneer of “serving God.”

They have a martyr’s mentality. The entitlement mentality also ensures the belief that they are right, and that others should bow down them because of them “sacrificing” their time. Please la.

Just because you paid us to do a job does not mean we are at your beck and call. You have no right to treat us as your slaves simply because you seem to have religion. Don’t hold us responsible for YOUR irresponsibility.

And some people wonder why I hate my religion.

Disclaimer: I’m referring specifically NOT to Protestants.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Chris and me had a minor disagreement over Twitter a few days ago. It was basically an argument against/for censorship. He sees the world in Black and White. I see the world in colour. It makes the world more real, doesn’t it?

But that’s disgressing.

I abhor religion.

Not for the theory themselves, no, because religion, as I mentioned before, is a beautiful theory. The values that it preaches to its followers is universal, though as Karcy says, it’s always the fundamental beliefs that drive a wedge between all people (My God is more real than yours! arguments anyone?). I abhor religion because people justify their beliefs by saying “God said so.” If God told them to jump off a cliff when they were 50 so as to not burden their children, we would see that suicide after 50 being completely legal, as it’s a tenet of their faith.

Extreme? Completely.

I believe in personal responsibility. I believe that you must take responsibility for what you say and do. What you should not take responsibility for is the actions of the other party based on your own words, unless you deliberately provoked them. A few weeks back, I said this:

The reason is rather simple. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. I take responsibility for what I write, in that I admit ownership to writing these words. What I don’t take responsibility for, is the reaction to my words.

….

We are not responsible for the actions others take, unless we have ordered that action ourselves. Rather, each person is alone responsible for the actions they have chosen.

I believe in that. Everyone of us has choices. We always do. Of course, you must also realise that each choice comes with a consequence.

I believe fundamentally, we’re all born good, but we were tainted with original sin. That’s the use of baptism, to wash away that herital sin. What happens after that, is completely, and utterly up to us. When we are free from that original sin and as we learn how the world works, we are always, always, confronted with choices. Your choices, and the consequences that arise from those choices, is completely, and utterly, up to you. It is you who has to live with the end result of those choices.

You and no one else.

After all, if God made us in His image, and we are supposed to be rotten to our core, doesn’t that mean that God is rotten to His core?

Think about it.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Reading this has made my blood boil, and my mind goes numb with disbelief. Seriously, he proposes that all temples be built in one area simply because Hindus have many different gods (italics mine). WHAT. THE. FUCK. Seriously, WHAT. THE. FUCK?

Oh wait, this was the same guy who happily demolished temples in Selangor because they were “illegal” despite being asked to at least wait till Deepavali is over. HAH.

Updated: I just saw the second article (ironically the one I was looking for in the beginning). Khir says that the cow was brought because it was a “stupid” animal, and that there was no religious connotation, only meant to show that the state government is really, really stupid. Say it with me now: WHAT. THE. FUCK???? (article below this one)

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Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Of good conscience

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 04:17 pm
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It’s rather funny how I keep typoing temple as mosque. I guess I can still remember how places like the Shah Alam Church of Divine Mercy was in limbo for nearly twenty years due to short-sighted policy.

Recently, there was a protest by a group of people who protested against the building of a temple in their housing area. Calling themselves Muslims, they gave us their true colours by doing things no right-thinking, rational and truly faithful Muslims would do:

    They preached hate and intolerance in the holy month of Ramadhan al-Mubarak.
    They marched full of hate, RIGHT AFTER Friday Prayers.
    Some spat on the head of the cow, looking mighty proud as they did so.

Any of these, I was told, is enough to batal puasa, or in English, cancel their fasting in the month of Ramadhan. To do all three shows a very misguuided attempt at perserving their faith (someone told me that Malaysia is the only country where you have laws protecting the rights of the MAJORITY).

Of course, most Selangor citizens, including me, see this as another attempt.

It is an attempt to sow instability in Selangor, prompting the takeover of the state la Perak by Barisan Nasional. When you attack a place like Shah Alam, considered to be the heart of Islam in the state, then this gives the whole incident an ugly, racist slant. I say racist because there is a strong undercurrent of racism hidden within this incident.

Something, I am very proud to say, that Selangor citizens are not rising to the bait.

Perak, most say, was the “experiment.” It was a percursor to the eventual downfall of Selangor. Why Selangor?

We are the richest state in the country, and are seen as the most Urban with Penang. Unlike Penang, BN has never lost this state until March 2008.

That galls them greatly.

So, they’re trying to get Selangor back into their grubby, greasy hands.

To that, a quick check with my fellow Selangor voters show we all have the same thought.

STAY OUT OF OUR STATE BARISAN NASIONAL.

We voted for Pakatan Rakyat, not you. And even with people like Zulkfli Nordin spouting his bigoted view on Islam and lack of common sense Dr Hasan Ali, I prefer this Selangor compared to the corruption-filled one of Khir Toyo(l).

Both the above PAS members have a right to say what they want to say and to show off their views. That’s their right to freedom of speech.

Me, I have the right to vote them out of office.

As John Ling points out, despite the bad reputation for what they say, at least the Pakatan Rakyat reps can defend and CONVERSE intelligently about issues close to their heart. They, I believe, take time to keep themselves updated and understand the issues at hand.

(At this point, I’ll admit that even though Zulkfli Noordin turns my stomach, his argument for fundamentalism in this country actually has SOME logic to it. And he’s tried to appeal to actual logic, not “its-only-in-my-dreams” kind of logic BN reps are so prone to espouse).

Voters are not forgetting, Barisan. I know I do not. A few years ago, I told myself that I would vote State Oppposition, Federal Barisan, as I believe in Chew Mei Fun who was the Federal Rep for my area and I didn’t like Wong Sai Hou, the State Rep.

Then this happened. My votes immediately went to the Opposition. More than anything, this proves that voters remember, and FORGETTING IS NOT AN OPTION.

Also, side note to Selangor PR: Buck up, will you? The road in front of my house has not been tarred for 15 years, since I moved there.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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When reading news like this, I really have to wonder:

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Original entry as appearing at Broken Shield and Sword.

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A gentle reminder, taken from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 38-48.

An Eye for an Eye
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This is my response to those who would slander the Catholic Church.

In the words of Jesus whom those vile beings (They do not deserve the religion they claim to carry nor the species they are supposed to be from) from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 6, verse 31:

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Might I ask these men: When can I, as a Catholic, come to your mosque to do the same thing?

Original entry as appearing at Broken Shield and Sword.

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God is equal, and man is equal in everyone’s eyes.

Religion is not.

Original entry as appearing at Broken Shield and Sword.

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