Malaysian 'teapot cult' woman loses Islam legal bidChristians think of religion as something that is voluntarily chosen. Not everyone thinks of it that way.
Kamariah Ali waits outside a courtroom before her trial at Federal Courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, 29 November 2005. Kamariah Ali has already been tried for apostasy in the Islamic courts
Malaysia's civil court has refused a woman permission to leave Islam to avoid being jailed for apostasy.
Kamariah Ali, 60, says she should not be tried under Islamic law because she is no longer a Muslim.
She follows the Sky Kingdom sect, known as the teapot cult because it built a giant teapot to symbolise its belief in the healing purity of water.
But judges ruled that only Malaysia's Islamic courts could decide on the case because Ms Kamariah was born a Muslim.
Malaysia's Islamic courts have authority over only Muslims - the rest of the population are not bound by their rules.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Moslems have no choice
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