Baptisms in Doubt as Brunei Readies for Sharia Law


Soon it may be illegal to baptize any one in Brunei, a Moslem-majority country of 416,000 people next to Malaysia and Indonesia. Ten percent of people there are Christians.


I’m assuming that Catholic Answers and EWTN are not available in Brunei. That’s too bad. Religious liberty would be a good thing.


This is from the UK newspaper, The Independent.
Father Robert Leong, a Catholic priest in Brunei, said there were concerns that baptisms of newborn babies could breach the new rules, which prohibit the “propagation of religion other than Islam to a Muslim or a person having no religion”. He said that the law was being introduced in three phases, with the harshest punishments, including the death penalty, being phased in over two years from Tuesday. “There will be no baptisms. There is not a lot we can do about it. We will have to wait and see what happens,” he said.

The “no conversion” rule in Sharia law is well-known. However, applying it to the babies of Christian parents would seem to be a very extreme interpretation. I am not sure why some people think such an interpretation would be reached. Perhaps there is simply general nervousness of the changes which are occuring?


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