Of course we must remember as always that the real enemy is fundamentalism in all its forms, and we must give our equal support to those individuals who are subjected to similar travails at the hands of the state on attempting to leave Christianity or Judaism. I'll link to those two as soon as I can find a single example in the twentieth or twenty-first century.
Lina Joy has been disowned by her family, shunned by friends and forced into hiding — all because she renounced Islam and embraced Christianity in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
After a 7-year legal struggle, Joy will be told by Malaysia's highest court on Wednesday whether her constitutional right to choose her religion overrides an Islamic law that prohibits Malay Muslims from leaving Islam...
Joy's decision to leave Islam sparked angry street protests by Muslim groups [imagine that! -ed.] and led to e-mail death threats against Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a Muslim lawyer supporting her [imagine that! -ed.]. The widely circulated anonymous e-mail described him as a "traitor" to Islam and carried his picture with the caption "Wanted Dead."...
Muslim groups, however, say Joy is questioning the position of Islam [heaven forfend! -ed.] by taking the case to the civil courts.
"It is not about one person, it is about challenging the Islamic system in Malaysia," said Muslim Youth Movement President Yusri Mohammad, who set up a coalition of 80 Islamic groups to oppose Joy's case.
"By doing this openly, she is encouraging others to do the same. [heaven forfend! -ed.] It may open the floodgates to other Muslims because once it is a precedent, it becomes an option."
If Joy wins her case, he warned, it could rend Malaysia's multiracial fabric by fomenting Muslim anger [Muslim anger! Such a thing is hard to conceive of, but we must imagine it -ed.] against minorities, who have largely lived in peace with Malays.