Most fundamentalist Muslim groups are strong supporters of the right to convert from your existing religion and adopt another. Of course, when saying this it is assumed the religion you seek is Muslim and the religion you forsake is Christianity or being a Hindu or whatever. Ms. Rinkel Kuman, a Hindu, fell in love with a nice Muslim boy. They had numerous Facebook discussions and finally realized love was the center of their lives. She decided to leave the Hindu religion and become a Muslim. Ms. Kuman left her home and went to live with relatives of her new husband.
Frankly, it i s none of my business what is your religion or whether a voice from up on high urged abandoning one religious system for another. That is your choice. But, it is somewhat hypocritical for those who refuse to allow any of their religion to leave and adopt another religion to shout for freedom of choice for Ms.Kuman. If Muslims believe in the right to change–as I do–then that right is one possessed by every Muslim.
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Death totals continue to rise as Syrian tanks enter city after city blasting away at anyone who dares express disagreement with the dictatorial regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey, a close ally of Syria, sent Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu to Damascus with a plea to cease the slaughter but Assad told him to mind his own business because he intends to destroy any and all “Islamic militants”– his expression for those who oppose his government. Ironically, Turkey is ruled by the Justice and Development Party which represents conservative Muslims in the nation.
There still remain nations like India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa which believe there are no conditions under which the UN should intervene in order to halt a maniac from killing his own people. Finally, the Russian government has begun to sound an alarm of despair at the actions of its ally. At least 2,000 are dead, including four hundred during the past week. We await a march of Muslims who will openly enter Syria in order to express solidarity with their fellow Muslims.
Of course, does anyone actually believe the above will occur?
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Pick up any American magazine these days and it contains at least one story about the “Indian Miracle.” There are stories about high tech centers in India and a growing middle class. Indian activist, Arundhati Roy, is furious at the western media for only reporting positive stories about her nation and ignoring continuing poverty, corruption and violence. According to Ms. Roy, “I have been told quite openly by several correspondents of international newspapers, they have instructions–no negative news from India-because it’s an investment destination.” She points out India has been grappling for years with a Maoist insurrection in which hundreds have been killed, including dozens of soldiers and policemen, but such stories don’t make the 6:00 o’clock news on TV. There are fewer stories about poverty or malnutrition in India although hundreds of millions are poor, and malnutrition is still an issue.
I doubt if such an injunction exists, certainly not in the age of the Internet. But, the real issue is how few stories are presented to the American public about the actual situation in India. Yes, there is a growing middle class, but hundreds of millions remain in poverty. Discrimination continues, and large amounts of money are spent on military equipment rather than on schools and providing jobs for the poor.
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