For this installment of what is by now a rather well-established feature of this blog, I bring you a letter to the editor. Usually written by cantankerous pensionados with a bee in their bonnet about sloppy spelling or too much nudity on TV, this one is a bit different.
It appeared in the US Lansing State Journal (third one down) in reaction to a piece about Abdul Rahman, the christian convert who was sentenced to death for apostasy in Afghanistan and later managed to flee to Italy. Some have suggested this letter may be a hoax. Then again given that slowly but surely it's coming out that muslims might not be that into love and tolerance, this one seems to me to be par for the course:
Islam or death(emphasis mine, KV)
I read Le Roy Barnett's letter ("Muslims, speak up," June 26) about Muslims' opinion on Abdul Rahman's conversion to Christianity.
Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Quran and prophet Muhammad's words and practical application of Quran in life cannot be changed.
Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any other religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it.
Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths all the time. They should know they can embrace Islam, but cannot get out. This rule is not made by Muslims; it is the supreme law of God.
Please do not ask us Muslims to pick some rules and disregard other rules. Muslims are supposed to embrace Islam in its totality.
'They should know that can get in, but they cannot get out'? Not so much a religion as it is Hotel California, don't you think? Or the mob, for that matter.
Dispite the softer-core muslims maintaining that the Quran holds 'there is no compulsion' in religion, apparently you are completely free to experience the penalty of making use of that muslim 'freedom-of-religion': 'The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it'. No disagreement. We all agree: apostates must die.
Glad we got that cleared up then.