Debate on apostasy and political Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
I read nearly 400 comments posted on the al-Arabiya website, based in Dubai, and the Arab site of the BBC, where hundreds of interventions were posted.
Glancing through the comments, one can see that around 50% uphold Rahman’s execution because this is what the Sharia says. For at least one out of four of these, the essential reason for the death penalty for apostates is:
if conversion to another religion is allowed, this would be fitnah (sedition), it would prompt others to follow this path, and thus all would become Christians.
To halt this trend, which is not considered “normal”, it is better to kill.
There's more to the article, including one Muslim woman who really understands why freedom of choice is important to a faith. (Go read it.) However, I think the passage above highlights very clearly why we have the trouble with Islam we do.
It's because Muslims have trouble with their own faith.
No man is more dangerous than he who can't live with himself.