They say ignorance is bliss.Is this a mixture of ignorance, stupidity and religious bigotry.I hope the police arrest those involved and deal with them severely.What they have done is dangerous and can cause religious upheaval for spreading falsehood.The government should take a serious view of this case and not be seen as taking it lightly and the magazine should be reprimanded or given a show cause.All right thinking Muslims should condemn this sort of behaviour.While we respect our own religion, we should also respect other religions.
These ignorant narrow-minded bigots either pretended not to know or are truly ignorant and stupid not to know that there are many East Malaysians who look Malays but of the Christian faith and some even have Muslim names but are Christians and sermons in churches in Sabah and Sarawak are usually conducted in Bahasa Melayu for those who can't speak English.
I will not write anymore on the subject as Khairy Jamaluddin has said enough in his article below.
The actions of a journalist from Al-Islam magazine
of going undercover to two Catholic Churches
during Sunday mass, consuming and spitting
the Holy Communion wafer - what Catholics
believe to be the flesh of Christ himself - out of
his mouth before photographing it, can only be
described as appalling and offensive. As Leader
of Barisan Nasional and UMNO Youth and as a
Muslim, I have no reservations whatsoever in
condemning this instance of unethical j
ournalism, grounded in both disrespect and
Needless to say, these actions are contrary to the goal
of an empathetic society that I have been promoting
as a way for Malaysians to progress as a people
from diverse backgrounds. Empathy requires
sound appreciation of one another's unique
cultures and sensitivities - it calls for us to
consider the perspectives of others before acting
in ways that may affect them.
It also violates the Islamic injuction for empathy,
plurality and respect, something made clear in
the Holy Quran Surah Al-Hujarat, verse 13:
"O Mankind! We created you from a single pair
of a male and a female, and made you into
nations and tribes so that you may know one
The Islamic virtues of empathy, respect and
tolerance were obviously absent in both the
journalist and the magazine's editorial
team that sanctioned the publishing of the article
and the methods employed to gather information
over supposed cases of Muslims
converting to Catholicism/Christianity.
Everyone involved in the researching,
writing and publishing this article should have
considered the fact that Muslims already find it
offensive when non-Muslims do not
observe basic courtesies expected when in a
mosque, like taking off shoes and covering
heads. They should further imagine their own
reactions if someone went undercover in
their local mosques, pretend to worship as a
Muslim and made a mockery of congregation
prayer. I suspect Al-Islam failed to consider
the fact that the gravity of their own actions
were similar to this hypothetical situation
where the sanctity of the Muslim place and act
of worship are violated. And this is at the
heart of the problems we face as a
multi-cultural and multi-religious society - people
simply do not stop to think about another
community's legitimate interests and
sensitivities by positioning themselves from
another's perspective before acting. Read more...
Here's a joke of being ignorant or being stupid.