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By the way… Marriage and religion, the pursuit of hospitality

If custom and religious law had been upheld, I’d be without my wife

by The Jakarta Post Jan 3rd 2020 · 1 min read

If custom and religious law had been upheld, I’d be without my wife.That’s because she wouldn’t have been born.Let’s examine that enigma: The man who became her father committed a great sin before he married. He committed apostasy.For leaving Islam and converting to Protestantism to wed the Minahasa woman who’d eventually become my mother-in-law, he risked the wrath of his Javanese parents. They’d raised him to be Muslim pure.Overseas, the penalty for apostasy can vary from banishment to imprisonment, even execution. Fortunately, Indonesia is not so brutal. Had my late father-in-law been in a Middle East country like Qatar, Somalia or Sudan, he’d have been hung or beheaded.Next door in Malaysia, he could have been detained and “reeducated” like the Chinese are allegedly doing to the Uighurs in Xinjiang. In Brunei, the penalty is 30 years in prison.That would have taught...

last updated: 2020-01-04@06:01