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Malaysian police arrest two Americans suspected of promoting Christianity
Yahoo! News | AFP ^ | 4/26/05

Posted on 04/27/2005 1:40:05 AM PDT by LibWhacker

KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - Malaysian police arrested two Americans for allegedly distributing Christian religious pamphlets to Muslims, police said.

The two men were detained on Monday and a local court had ordered them to be held for 14 days to assist in investigations, a police spokesman told AFP.

"We want to find out if they had breached any regulations in Malaysia," he said.

It is an offence in mainly-Muslim Malaysia to try to convert Muslims away from their faith.

Another police official named the two men as Ricky Ruperd, in his 30s, and Zachry Harris, in his 20s.

The official Bernama news agency said they were arrested for distributing pamphlets with religious content at Malaysia's new administrative capital Putrajaya, 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of here.

Putrajaya police chief Mohamad Khalil Kadir Mohamad said the men were detained during routine checks by police and and were found to be without any travel documents.

A spokesman for the US embassy confirmed the detentions but would give no further details.

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said earlier this month there was no ban on Bibles published in the Malay language but they must be stamped with the words "Not for Muslims".

He was responding to questions after a minister told parliament the government did not allow editions of the Bible published in Malay to be distributed as it could be construed as an effort to spread Christianity among Muslim-Malays.

Some 60 percent of Malaysia's population are Muslims, while there are large ethnic-Chinese and Indian minorities who practice other religions including Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: american; arrest; christianity; christians; islam; malaysian; muslims; police; trop

1 posted on 04/27/2005 1:40:07 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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2 posted on 04/27/2005 2:02:43 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: LibWhacker

The ACLU is sending a group over to study this incident and see how it can be applied against Christians here in the USA.

3 posted on 04/27/2005 3:08:48 AM PDT by samtheman
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Why can Muslims prosyletize in the US and we cannot in their countries? Please explain.

4 posted on 04/27/2005 4:10:49 AM PDT by Roy Tucker
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How can you call Islam a "faith" when its faithful have no faith that their faith can withstand criticism or challenge?

5 posted on 04/27/2005 4:29:25 AM PDT by Right Angler
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It doesn't say much about what the leaders think of the intelligence and faith of their followers is that the way they keep them faithful is through death threats and prohibition of alternative views.

I think we should treat Islam like trade. You don't allow my product in your country, I am not going to permit imports of yours into mine.

6 posted on 04/27/2005 6:45:21 AM PDT by Roy Tucker
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