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Published:November 14th, 2010 09:51 EST
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Malaysia: Kid Caned For Bringing Pork To School

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"MALAYSIA`S parliament this week debated whether or not it was right for teachers to cane a 10-year-old boy for bringing pork to school.

The Malaysia Star reported the argument centered on whether the boy, who was caned 10 times across the hand for eating a home-cooked meal of fried rice with pork, is Muslim or Christian. If the boy was Christian he would not have broken any rules by eating pig products.

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Angela Jabing said her son Basil was disciplined for eating a non-Halal meal. She is a Christian and her husband, Beginda Minda, has denied being a Muslim.

The Star reported that a decree issued by the National Fatwa Council means that if either parent is Muslim the child must be Muslim. " target=_new>Read more

Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, and the Malaysian constitution guarantees religious freedom. But that carries as much weight as the constitution of the old Soviet Union that guaranteed freedom of speech to all its citizens.

The truth is that in all Muslim countries, religious minorities are treated like second-class citizens. Christians and other religious minorities are expected to abide by the rituals and rules of Islam.

This poor Christian boy was caned for bringing pork to school -- the Koran prohibits the eating of pork.

The Malaysian parliament is debating whether or not it was right for the teacher to have caned the boy. This is the kind of insanity that ensues whenever a religion holds sway over the government.

I`m going to protest this foolishness by eating a huge ham sandwich.

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