[quote=David E. Mahony]It may be comforting for Christians in an age of modernism and ecumenism to reflect on the ease with which one can switch from this belief to that without any really serious and adverse consequences in the here and now; at worst a mere excommunication: only the hereafter reaches, ineffectively I fear, across the mortal divide to warn, to remonstrate and perhaps terrify. It may not always have been like this - before modernism took hold. Today people generally no longer take fright of religion or fear the impositions in a secular domain of penalties for such a ‘wickedness’ as ‘apostasy’.
But in Islam which has not yet succumbed to modernism and the attenuation of its beliefs, ‘apostasy’ is a serious business, viewed with horror and disgust as well as loathing and many countries are well situated to ensure that it is a crime whose magnitude can be dealt with here and now in a most conclusive manner: death. (Sunniva’s personal account is frightening)
Whether or not Islam is a threat, an aggressive or whatever religion (it may well be all of these) out to dominate by the sword does not really have too much to do with apostasy as such. Is it not we who are tame and weak, lily-livered in the luxury of ease that enables us to consider moving this way or that in a variety of religious directions? Ah, wretched question! For we live in a secular polity, a liberal and pluralist one, which facilitates these comfortable and easy moves – should we wish to make them. There are no serious consequences other than perdition and damnation hereafter – nothing to worry about, nothing substantial that might interfere with a good night’s sleep, provided that such a soporific is ready to hand – and of course it may well not be. For some in a number of Islamic countries it is obviously not so easy. They are not allowed to convert and neither is one allowed to convert them (I do not know what the penalties for missionaries are in this regard; I should think they are none too pleasant.)
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It’s true that it’s against the law for a Muslim to convert to any religion. It’s punishable by death. The same goes for people who try to convert Muslims. I wouldn’t be surprised if missionaries can risk severe torture.
Many people wonder why so few Muslims embrace Christianity (or other religions for that matter). That’s the reason. They will be killed if they do and their family can also risk severe punishment. A married woman who apostate from Islam is automatically divorced (just like an abortion cause automatically excommunication for a Catholic) and will very likely be killed by her husband, relatives, other Muslims or the state itself. She will surely loose any contact with her children (what if she pollute their minds).
If a married man apostates from Islam he is also automatically divorced although he doesn’t risk being killed by his spouse. His relatives or the state might incarcerate him, put him to trial and execute him.
I know for a fact that there are many closet Christians out there. Christians that in order to save their own lives and the lives of their families have to practise their faith in secret. Outwardly they still pretend to be Muslims. These people need a safe haven if they should be able openly show their love for Christ.
The question is are we willing to welcome these people and give them refuge and a safe haven? I know from Norway that former Muslims who claim to have converted to Christianity very seldom are given refugee status on that ground, even if they claim that they will be executed on return to their Muslim home countries.
Here is a link to KABA who consist of former Muslims who have converted to Christianity (mostly Pentecostal) and helps other Muslims who also wants to convert.