The Age of Apostasy
By Richard Fernandez
August 28, 2010
Readers may recall Maher El-Gohary, the subject of a post about a month ago. He was an Egyptian Muslim who decided to convert to Christianity, which resulted in a spate of death threats against him. Gohary attempted to escape the fate of an apostate by trying to emigrate to Australia, an application which was promptly denied. Although Western intellectuals believe Christianity is in decline, it is by some accounts the fastest growing religion in the world. China may soon be have the world’s biggest population of Christians. Inevitably, some of those who decide to become Christians are now Muslims. Apparently El-Gohary’s problem is quite widespread. Apostasy is becoming a global problem and a number of protests have been scheduled in cities throughout the world to support the right of Muslims to change their religion. I attended the first of these at Martin Place in Sydney and was surprised to hear Barack Obama’s name mentioned in connection with the El-Gohary case. More on this later, but in the meantime, I listened to Mark Durie’s explanation on the subject.
Right now the short term goal of the apostates is to force Western liberals to live up to their own book of rules by showing up at their self-righteous festivals with a copy of Article 18 of the cherished “United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The simple act of coming out of the shadows and into the public light creates a huge dilemma for the liberal narrative. Once they recognize that apostates exist and have legitimate rights, it becomes very difficult to avoid further and more embarrassing questions.
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