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The spiritual is political

S Thayaparan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

" The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson

COMMENT It boggles the mind when people fret that religion here in Malaysia is being "politicised". What rock have you been living under all these years? And it's normally the non-Muslims who are the most vocal in articulating this "concern".

Living in fear that your religious beliefs would somehow offend the majority status quo or at the very least would be used as political mileage, has meant that non-Muslims have had to practise their religions quietly lest they stir the hornet's nest.

If we can agree that Islam has been politicised in Malaysia (and around the world for that matter), we should accept the reality that there has been a political awakening of Christians in Malaysia which manifest through a rejection of apathy which was the norm for the community all these years...

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