While tensions are on the rise in Malaysia regarding the Malay bible and ‘Allah’ issue, and certain irresponsible parties are attempting to aggravate Christian-Muslim relations further with threats of uprisings, it’s a good time to turn to Egypt to see what can happen when Christians and Muslims stand together in solidarity. After a church was… Read More Christian-Muslim Solidarity in Egypt: Lessons for Malaysia?
small fry: people or things regarded as unimportant (Collins English Dictionary) After a rather lengthy delay, the Malaysian government finally agrees to set up an interfaith panel to promote religious harmony and understanding between the various faiths in the country. Such efforts are critical in light of recent events in the country, in particular on… Read More Of Small Fry and the Future of Interfaith Dialogue in Malaysia
Sam Harris, a well-known secularist, philosopher and neuroscientist, was recently interviewed on CNN: For the world to tackle truly important problems, people have to stop looking to religion to guide their moral compasses. Religion causes people to fixate on issues of less moral importance. We should be talking about real problems, like nuclear proliferation and… Read More Why We Should Ditch Religion, According to Sam Harris
This Al-Jazeera report/interview provides a good overview of the situation back home in Malaysia. What’s interesting about it is that all three interviewees – Khalid Samad (the Shah Alam MP and PAS politician), Marina Mahathir (a social activist and daughter of our former Prime Minister), and Yusri Muhammad (from the Malaysian islamic Youth Movement) –… Read More An Update on the ‘Allah’ Issue