NEWSFLASH: 30 May 2007 - LINA JOY LOSES APPEAL
US-based Pajamas Media joins with the MSM in covering this story. But why NOW? What makes covering this story more important today?
In Jailani's native Malaysia:
"...While Muslim-majority Malaysia is considered a largely moderate, modern society, renouncing one's Muslim faith still is considered both sinful and illegal by Islamic authorities -- who have gained increasing sway of late. Ms. Joy's apostasy case, now before Malaysia's highest court of appeal, has inflamed public debate, divided the legal community -- a Muslim lawyer supporting Ms. Joy has received death threats -- and threatens to set off political tremors in this Southeast Asian nation of 25 million people.Though religious people may say that it's a blessing that azLINA was born into Islam, it doesn't change the premise that people need to make their own choices
The landmark legal ruling, expected within a month, will help define Malaysia's character as a nation." - WSJ
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