The proposed law now before parliament would require anyone wanting to convert to a religion to get permission from a panel formed of local government officials.
A draft law that would ban people in Myanmar from changing religion without permission from the government has been put before parliament, sparking outrage from rights groups.
F*&% the ‘rights groups’. They are bought and paid for by the OIC.
The draft is the first of four expected in response to proposals by a group of radical monks who claim they are acting to protect Buddhism and encourage peace between religions.
There is no such thing as “radical monks”. These Buddhists know what Islam does to a nation that has no proper defences in place.
But women’s organizations and other rights groups say the set of proposed laws, one of which restricts interfaith marriage, are an attack on gender equality and would provide legal backing to a nationwide campaign of hatred against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.
What kind of “women’s organisations” would that be? Any resistance to the Mohammedan expansion project is “hatred”. Â Not a mention that Â under Mohammedan law apostasy is punished by death. But Buddhists must not have any control over massive proselytising in their country?
The country has been blighted by repeated outbreaks of religious violence since it began to emerge from military dictatorship in 2010. The attacks, which have disproportionately targeted Muslims, have killed scores and displaced tens of thousands.
When Mohammedans raped Â and murdered Buddhist women, there was a bit of blowback. Not enough by far, but Â the worlds 1.5 gazillion Muselmaniacs are still yammering on about it.
The proposed law now before parliament would require anyone wanting to convert to a religion to get permission from a panel formed of local government officials. It is not yet clear what the punishment would be for failing to get permission before converting.
It won’t be death. But keeping control is vital. Singapore is leading in this respect. Singapore is running a tight ship, and quite successfully. New converts must register and they will be monitored for quite some time. Which means authorities know that ‘reverts’ are the ones most likely to take their new religion to heart and act on it.
Observers fear the bill will deepen religious tensions and say it is likely to affect Myanmar’s Christian population too.
How so? (Again, we are not told who the “observers” are.)
Brad Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement Friday, “Requiring government permission to change one’s faith breaches every tenet of religious freedom and provides officials wide latitude to act arbitrarily and deny permission.”
Go and tell that to Yusuf al Qaradawi, Brad Adams:
The move is part of campaign by a group of monks called the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, known locally as Ma Ba Tha.
The group is linked to a notorious anti-Muslim campaign known as 969, which has been accused of stoking religious violence since gaining prominence in recent years.
Any move that includes self-preservation is “notorious” and “stokes religious violence”.
Ma Ba Tha is pushing for the introduction of three other laws – government drafts of which have not yet been released – that would restrict interfaith marriage, ban polygamy and address population control issues.
All sensible moves.
The group sent the four draft laws to President Thein Sein last year. The papers were then sent to various ministries with instructions that they be written up as government-endorsed drafts.
The government printed the full draft regarding conversion in state-run media Tuesday and said it will accept comments from the public until June 20, after which the draft will be introduced to the lower house of parliament.
If the law is passed, anyone wishing to convert will be required to apply to four different ministries covering religion, women’s affairs, population and education. They’ll then have to wait 90 days to find out if they’ve been granted permission.